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(aka "Girls Wanna Have Fun" or "Jackals")

 

directed by Marisa Silver
USA 1984

 

Eleven-year-old Lonnie (Sarah Boyd) feels stifled in her well-to-do family and finds a role model in older wrong-side-of-the-tracks girl Karen (Rainbow Harvest, MIRROR MIRROR). Neither girl really fits into the others world but they spend the summer bonding. Complicating matters are Lonnie's stuck-up parents, Karen's tough friends, and Lonnie's attraction to Karen's brother Johnny (Neill Barry, FATAL BEAUTY) who is attracted to sexy Carla (Roxanne Heart, HIGHLANDER) whom Karen thinks is sleeping with her father (Danny Aiello). A pre-WHO'S THE BOSS Alyssa Milano appears in her first role as Lonnie's kid sister. Produced for $650,000, OLD ENOUGH is the old fashioned "coming of age" tale about sexual awareness (couched within a story about stepping outside of your boundaries) rather than losing virginity. While it starts out like a well-budgeted eighties TV movie, it becomes interesting and moving. Award-winning cinematographer Michael Ballhaus' slick cinematography lacks a certain grittiness but there is some gorgeous low-key lighting that recalls Ballhaus' work on some of Fassbinder's films. Justifying Barry's above the title credit (alongside Boyd and Harvest) is the script giving his character some depth beyond just being yet another character who complicates Lonnie and Karen's friendship (while Johnny is flirting with Carla, Boyd on the commentary track observes how Silver shows each of the characters "out of their league" at some point). The film also offers a street-level portrait of pre-gentrified New York neighborhoods (quite a contrast to the image of New York given by THE COSBY SHOW to name a show from around that time) and eye-straining eighties fashions.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 24 August 1984 (USA)

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Scorpion Releasing

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:31:30
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.2 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Scorpion Releasing

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Audio commentary with star Sarah Boyd and Director Marisa Silver
• Interview with actress Roxanne Hart (4:3; 9:59)

DVD Release Date: April 27th, 2010
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

Mastered in HD, OLD ENOUGH's anamorphic, progressive, single-layer transfer is quite impressive. Mono English audio is strong. Director Marisa Silver (HE SAID, SHE SAID) and actress Sarah Boyd (now a film/TV editor) provide a pleasant audio commentary. Silver cites her own childhood as well as such foreign films about youth as CRIA! and FORBIDDEN GAMES as her inspiration while Boyd has anecdotes about working on the her first film and people recognizing her from the film long after (due to its heavy rotation on cable TV).

 

An interview with co-star Roxanne Hart rounds out the extras. Although the film was released theatrically by Orion, there seems to be no trailer. Overall, Scorpion gives respectable treatment to a film that might have just been dumped onto DVD barebones by another label (or not at all).

  - Eric Cotenas

 



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