St. Elmo’s Fire (1985)

If the wrongful romanticization of a man stalking a woman is overlooked, this is a moving and multilayered film about twenty-somethings in transition.

Regan Humphrey

A pack of close-knit college friends—Kirbo (Emilio Estevez), Bobby (Rob Lowe), Jules (Demi Moore), Alec (Judd Nelson), Kevin (Andrew McCarthy), Leslie (Ally Sheedy), and Wendy (Mare Winningham)—manage their lives post-graduation. The transition into adulthood is rough, wrought with fear, anxiety, uncertainty, and looming responsibility. Coping with the strain will leave them with scars, but leaning on each other will get them through the dark.

REF SCORE: 17%

Soundtrack: 20%
Story: 100%
Writing: 50%
Diversity: 5%
Daring: 100%
Racism: PERVASIVE — 100%
Gender Bias: PERVASIVE — 100%
Homophobia: COMBATTED — 60%

SUMMARY
The story of a boy stalking a virtual stranger he loved in college all over New England—and her being completely fine with it—is a laughably absurd and horribly demeaning trivialization of the fear and danger victims of stalking experience.

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