Lucas (1986)

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 pulls at the viewer’s heartstrings in her film debut.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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