St Elmo's Fire

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This definitive Brat Pack movie, a yuppie coming-of-age yarn, is co-written and directed by Joel Schumacher - all, perhaps, anyone really needs to know. But still, filling in the blanks, it's a portrait, drawn in crayon, of a group of friends in Washington, DC, recently graduated from college, but light years from maturity, struggling to cope with the fragilities of their relationships and the complexities of what MTV later termed The Real World. Estevez and Nelson are as unappealing here as in The Breakfast Club, though in fairness they're hampered by a script that seems to despise its characters. So, by the end, will you.

By: WFJ

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Duration: 108 mins

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Director: Joel Schumacher
Screenwriter: Joel Schumacher, Carl Kurlander
Cast: Emilio Estevez
Rob Lowe
Andrew McCarthy
Demi Moore
Judd Nelson
Ally Sheedy
Mare Winningham
Martin Balsam
Joyce Van Patten

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I’m a bit late to the party on this one, I watched it for the first time the other night. It’s your classic 80’s film about a group of friends struggling with life and love as they progress into adulthood, think Breakfast Club or Ferris Bueller but less good. Parts of it are witty and heartfelt but it's too often let down by the script which is poorly written giving little chance for the all star cast to shine.