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Youngblood (1986)

Director:
Peter Markle
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Sports
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Youngblood
RUNNING TIME
109 minutes
Producer:
Peter Bart
Patrick Wells
Screenwriter:
Peter Markle


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Dean Youngblood Rob Lowe
Jesse Chadwick Cynthia Gibb ½
Derek Sutton Patrick Swayze
Murray Chadwick Ed Lauter
Heaver Keanu Reeves

 

Review

Don't you just love those unscrupulously clichéd, over-the-top sports movies? Well, here's the mother of them all. The title character name says it all actually, it means you're off to a good start. Youngblood is about ice-hockey, but not precisely the real thing. It is a film about fantasy, not reality, and every single character relation and bit of dialogue is humourously corny. But all this is what actually makes this movie what it is. In many ways it is the epitome of the 80s youth movie. That Rob Lowe is in the lead is therefore nothing less than expected. And young Lowe is incredible - demonstrating his limited dramatic talent while wearing his heart on his sleeve. It is an emotional film, even though all the emotions are artificial and forced. Luckily, they are massively forced (check out Ed Lauter - I'm not sure whether he's doing comedy or just being himself). You'd be ignorant not to notice that Rocky is the formula, and although it is a highly simplified version, Youngblood does provide many of the same feel-good moments.

Copyright © 27.12.2004 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang [HAVE YOUR SAY]