Working class small town teenager Dave (a fine and engaging performance by Dennis Christopher) aspires to be a champion cyclist and falls for college girl Katherine (an appealing portrayal by Robyn Douglass). Meanwhile, Dave's three friends -- macho Mike (a sturdy and likable turn by Dennis Quaid), smartaleck Cyril (amiable Daniel Stern), and short-tempered Moocher (an excellent Jackie Earle Haley) -- all try to figure out what they're going to due with the rest of their lives after high school. Director Peter Yates brings a real warmth and sensitivity to the engrossing story along with an ideal balance of humor and pathos. Steve Tesich's thoughtful and observant script astutely pegs the awkward transition from blithe adolescent carefreeness to grim adult responsibility, poignantly addresses the basic human desire to amount to something, and incisively explores the fierce competitiveness that exists between the haves and the have nots. Moreover, there are marvelous supporting contributions from Paul Dooley as Dave's befuddled dad, Barbara Barrie as Dave's tolerant mother, Hart Bochner as stuck-up preppie jerk Rod, and Amy Wright as the sweet Nancy. Matthew F. Leonetti's sunny cinematography provides a pretty bright look. A real treat.
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A small-town boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl.
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April 15, 2019