Inspiring and entirely charming, screenwriter David Seltzer’s directorial debut is the type of underdog story that will always find an audience. It uncommonly treats its adolescent subjects as multi-dimensional people who belong to various social circles as opposed to types defined by their interests, and has a pitch-perfect lead performance by Corey Haim. Supporting players like Charlie Sheen and Jeremy Piven stand out by virtue of their later popularity, but it’s a young Winona Ryder’s understated sensitivity that grabs at the viewer’s heartstrings in her film debut.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)
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