Nostalgia can sometimes be a dangerous thing. Well, at least it is for me, because it's usually why I end up watching an old '80s gem like St. Elmo's Fire, which SlashControl just added to their slate for the low, low price of free. So don't bother telling me how crappy the movie is or how ridiculous the clothes are, because believe me I know. Still, though, it holds a place in my heart for giving me things like a movie quote I still love and use to this day, so at least it's got that going for it ... even if it is responsible for unleashing one of the most irritating songs known to man.
Directed by Joel Schumacher, and starring most of the pop-culture phenomenon known as The Brat Pack (Andrew McCarthy, Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, and Emilio Estevez) this was the story of a bunch of pampered Georgetown University graduates struggling their way into adulthood (one reviewer dubbed it The Little Chill). So even though the film isn't exactly a classic, it's a biggie on the pop culture radar -- so much so that in 2009, it was announced that Schumacher would be producing (along with Topher Grace) a Friends-style TV adaptation of the film.
But for me Fire belongs right where it is, and that is as an 80's timepiece. Because sure, the film was universally panned, and, like most of the Brat Pack movies, it hasn't held up as well as to be expected -- but when it comes to reliving the 80's, it is required viewing, after all.
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