KICKING AND SCREAMING
1995, Lionsgate, 96 min, Dir: Noah Baumbach

For 20-something Grover (Josh Hamilton), everything is about to change. College is over, career prospects are slim and girlfriend Jane (Olivia d’Abo) is moving to Prague. Grover hasn’t the vaguest idea where his future is headed and he’s not alone; together, Grover and his friends digest the dissonance between the sheltered campus they’ve called home for four years and the adult world that lies ahead. Wry and realistic, this feature directorial debut from Noah Baumbach established his distinctive point of view as a filmmaker while winning praise from the Washington Post as a “hilariously insightful comedy.”


MASK
1985, Universal, 127 min, USA, Dir: Peter Bogdanovich

Disfigured teen Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz) fights against his disease and society’s prejudices with the help of an unconventional but loving biker mom (Cher) and her boyfriend (Sam Elliott). Peter Bogdanovich directs this true story with sensitivity and intelligence, creating that rare film that is heartwarming and inspirational without being phony in its sentiment.


SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL
1987, Paramount, 95 min, USA, Dir: Howard Deutch

Director Howard Deutch and screenwriter John Hughes followed up PRETTY IN PINK with a similar story that reverses the genders: This time Eric Stoltz is the have-not, Lea Thompson is the rich girl he has a crush on, and Mary Stuart Masterson is the best friend he doesn’t realize really loves him.


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