Vision Quest (1985) 4.71/5 (1)


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Rating: The Ugly – 60.3
Genre: Drama
Duration: 107 mins
Director: Harold Becker
Stars: Matthew Modine, Linda Fiorentino, Michael Schoeffling

Matthew Modine stars as an introspective high school student who decides to make his mark in his final year and so he proceeds to drop down two wrestling weight divisions so that he can challenge the best and most feared champion in the state. His steely focus is ultimately jeopardised, however, when his father and him take in a sultry lodger in the shape of Linda Fiorentino. Vision Quest is as cheesy as the 80’s teen movie got with the dialogue, romantic plot, and direction being the most guilty in that respect. The story is eminently predictable in structure, progression, and conclusion. Furthermore, somewhere along the way in the development of the script, the relevance of the title “Vision Quest” got lost because it has almost entirely no bearing on the story.

However, the acting does a lot to pull this one back from the edge. Modine always had that priceless boyish charisma and it’s used perhaps better than ever in this type of over-flowingly positive underdog story. He adds a glowing and irresistible naïveté to the proceedings and when counterbalanced with Fiorentino’s well struck performance it gives the hack story some real thrust. Ronny Cox and a host of other familiar faces make for terrific support and Tangerine Dream give the auditory backdrop their usual touch of class (with a cusp-of-stardom Madonna adding to its foreground as a nightclub singer). Watch it with a forgiving smile and this one might just get you.

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