When I first saw this film I was about 14. I loved it back then becausethere were so many cool actors in it. That is why, nothing more and nothingless. But now, as I am a young adult perhaps going through some of the samescenarios and fears and insecurities that these people are in the movie, Ican appreciate it a whole lot more. Not only is it a film that has anincredible young cast in it, but it is a film that does a great job ofdealing with a plethora of issues. My favourite character was Billy, theRob Lowe character. Sometimes his intentions weren't always spelled out forus, but there are subleties about the way he plays his character that reallyhit home. You can tell that he misses the easier days of college. The dayswhere all he had to do was play sports and smoke up a bit. But now he is inreal life and he can't quite seem to find his niche. He is still the goodlooking playboy that can get laid whenever he feels like it, but as fordealing with real life issues, he is confused and scared. And he masks thatinsecurity by being a playboy. It's a great character study. Many of theother characters in the film have interesting stories as well. None of themhave quite figured out what the meaning of life is yet and all of them arekind of living on the edge. All are attempting to get by with what theyhave, but what it ultimately comes down to is that none of them really knowsthe answers. Maybe some have become more successful than others but deepdown they are all scared of life. Now I don't know about other mid 20'speople, but I can sure relate to what they are feeling and going through. And this movie made me feel like I am not the only one that may not have allthe answers. If this is a film that you haven't seen in a few years, watchit. Admire what it wants to say. Take it for what it is. I really enjoyedwhat this film was about. And it made me feel a bit better about life,after all, we're all going through St. Elmo's Fire.
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Seven friends - Alec, Billy, Jules, Kevin, Kirby, Leslie and Wendy - are trying to navigate through life and their friendships following college graduation. Alec, who aspires to political life, has just shown his true colors by changing his allegiance from Democrat to Republican, which freaks out girlfriend Leslie, who he wants to marry. Budding architect Leslie, on the other hand, has an independent streak. She believes she has to make a name for herself to find out who she is before she can truly commit to another person in marriage. But Leslie and Alec have decided to live together. Because Leslie refuses to marry Alec, he believes that justifies certain behavior. Kirby, who wants to become a lawyer and who pays for his schooling by working as a waiter at their local hangout called St. Elmo's Bar, and struggling writer Kevin are currently roommates. They are on opposite extremes of the romance spectrum. Kirby has just reconnected with Dale Biberman, a slightly older woman he knew ...
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Reviewed byDan Grant ([email protected])Vote: 7/10/10
How does a Brat-Pack movie wind up on a top ten list alongside
Citizen Kane and Gone With The Wind? Simple: it's real and it works. I've been there, and so has Joel Schumacher and the Pack.
I will never forget seeing this movie for the first time. I was two months out of undergrad school, in a strange town on a new job in a brand new professional career. I went to see it by myself, and during that time the Brat Pack jumped off the screen to connect with me in a way that few movies do. This warm and deeply sympathetic treatment of changes in a young person's life is Hollywood come to life in rare form.
Say what you will about the eighties; I say St. Elmo's is about life, and it's basic concept is timeless. This is a masterful movie, masterfuly crafted by a Director and cast of brilliant artists.
Not to mention the soundtrack...I still get goosebumps when I hear "Man In Motion", even back-to-back on my CD player with "Bach's Tocatta and Fugue in D minor". Hey, find what you like and stick with it!
Call it what you will, but it works, for a lot of people! Brat Pack, with all your warts and short-comings, I salute you, I salute US, because you made me one of you in your crowning achievement. Thank you!
In fifty years time when cinema has passed into obsolesce, much as we look at the gramophone today, what in the name of Kiefer Sutherland will film historian's make of Joel Schumacher? Will our children's children regard the man who made a career from filling the screen with mawkish sentimentality and degenerate teenagers as a screen God or pony tailed Satan? Well if they're reading this then hopefully the latter but as our kids will be born deformed and retarded because of the chemicals sluicing around our reproductive tubing I'm not taking any chances, in fact I'm posting this review as a time capsule so even if Schumacher's people kill everyone who ever saw Batman and Robin, burn all the prints and use an EMP pulse bomb to destroy every computer in the world that ever held user reaction to it, people will at least know about St Elmo's Fire ? which sounds like a bad accident and turns out to be just that.
If you remember the 1980's then congratulations, you're at least 26 and so a number of years too old to enjoy this frankly baffling bit of Brat Pack, life affirming, existential ejaculate. It stars the only six people under 30 in America with an equity card during the era, Estevez (the short one with the bad hair cut), Sheedy (pretty in an skewered kind of way), Lowe (life), McCarthy (Mannequin!), Moore (is less) and Nelson (er,?). They're the incredibly rich, trust fund backed upstarts who graduate from Georgetown University and then find themselves in the midst of various crisis', crisis' which test those adolescent bonds borne from the frat house.
Around the time this was made John Hughes was trotting out undemanding fare with most of this cast like you and I might make cereal. He wrote Weird Science in three days, the Breakfast Club in five and Feris Bueller in the afternoon break between the two. You can see why Schumacher looked at him and thought, 'Christ this is easy' and so stealing Hudges book of contact numbers he grabbed the usual suspects, got someone to write the accompanying power ballad and waited for the box office to roll in. The only problem was that whereas Hughes had wit and something approaching understanding of the preoccupations of his audience, Schumacher is a hack ? in short what Emilio is to acting so Joel is to directing. He forgot, as Hughes seldom did that in order for his audience to identify with the characters they must first find them sympathetic, which means not having your main protagonists as a bunch of spoilt ba*tards with serious emotional and psychological problems. It doesn't matter how deep the issues, if my screenplay is about a bunch of Hitler youth volunteers with family problems I'm not going to snare may viewers. So, alright they're brats but at least they're endearing brats, right? Well no. Emilio is an insane stalker, harassing poor, rabbit in the headlights love interest Andy McDowell. Low and Nelson are love cheats with an obvious contempt for women and, oh yes the girls ? you've got a frigid prissy prick tease, a coke addict and Ally Sheedy.
On their own any of these problems could sink the ship but Schumacher took his listing vessel and machine gunned the women and children in the lifeboats before returning to ply the deck with plastic explosive. The plot so stupid it could have been written by the freak from the Goonies. It's so stupid in fact that Demi Moore was nearly fired because while playing a drug addict she was actually a drug addict. Schumacher obviously thought a clean actress would give a more credible performance. In fact at the film's climax she confirms that getting the push might have been a good option. A 'suicide' attempt has the fawning friends scrambling to break in and save her life. Has she slit her wrists? Hung herself with the strap from her dressing gown? No, in the Eighties people killed themselves very slowly by sitting in front of an open window. "She'll freeze to death!" cries a stricken Lowe. "I think that's the idea" someone shouts back. What? Freeze to death by sitting in front of the window? Where's the apartment, Siberia? What's the hurry, you could wait for the place to be sold before she'd perish at those temperatures but in a film where Estevez can kiss his victim and make her love him, thus fulfilling every pervert's fantasy and that victim is the doe eyed Andy McDowell who's about as magnetic as a cup of sawdust, it's all par for the course.
Schumacher's made worse of course ? Batman and Robin is about as poor as it gets for anyone unless you're Judd Nelson's agent but St Elmo's Fire is the one that doesn't so much offend as make the head itch all-night. Just what did anyone think it was all about? Young love? Life? Becoming an Adult? Damned if I know but I certainly won't be leaving the window open again any time soon. I like life, even if on this evidence it hates my guts.