I’ve always heard about this great movie which people rarely talk about… but never saw it in full until this morning. Tremendous.
Long story short, the film is about a couple in a custody battle. The father Ted (Dustin Hoffman) is forced to raise his son Billy (Justin Henry, from Sixteen Candles) when his wife (Meryl Streep) walks out on him after several years of marriage. At first, things are tough between Ted and his son, but they soon bond and Ted busts his ass to make sure Billy is raised right, and has everything he needs, from toys, to breakfast every morning, and daily communication.
One day, Billy is playing on the jungle gym and has a severe accident on the gym which disfigures his face with a large scar. Ted continues to be there, every step of the way, for Billy.
About a year and a half after Billy’s mother left, she returns to claim full custody, even though she hasn’t been there much and while she was raising him, she wasn’t exactly a good or patient mother.
What happens next is for you to discover…. don’t sleep on this brilliant, award-winning film. It may be almost 40 years old, but that doesn’t mean it’s not captivating, brilliantly-acted, superbly-written, and absolutely engaging. Believe the hype (if you’ve heard anything about it at all), as it’s that good.
END HATE. END RACISM.
END HOMOPHOBIA & END TRANSPHOBIA.
EQUALITY, LOVE, WORLD PEACE,
COMPASSION, AND EMPATHY. NOW.
Brief summary: The poster looks it might spoil the film for those who haven’t seen, but believe me, while it tells a bit of the story, it doesn’t spoil anything.
Jodie Foster plays Rynn Jacobs, an introspective, highly-intelligent teenage girl, who lives a very odd, independent life. She befriends local aspiring teenage magician Mario, and several people in town frequently wonder (and talk) about her, and eventually about Mario as well. What are these two up to? Then there’s Frank Hallet (Martin Sheen), the local creep/stalker… who can’t seem to keep his eyes (or his hands) off of Rynn.
I saw this for the first time a few weeks ago and thought it was one of the best movies I’ve seen in about five years. The music’s awesome, the story is creepy as fuck, and, while it’s considered a “horror” film, I’d consider it more of a psychological thriller… but not fast-paced. The ending (and the closing credits scene) is incredibly awesome and intense, and if anything put Foster on the map as a great actress, it would be the final scene in this film.
The whole movie is really fucking good, and Scott Jacoby, who plays Mario, steals a lot of the scenes (shame he hasn’t really been a lot of films since). This is without a doubt one of Jodie Foster’s lesser-known (but classic) films. When people think of Jodie Foster’s 70s films, they mainly think of Taxi Driver (which is, of course, brilliant)…. but this one deserves at least one viewing.