Nostalgic Mini Review: St. Elmo’s Fire

Ally Sheedy, Demi Moore, Mare Winningham, Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez and Andre McCarthy

This is a great movie capturing the zeitgeist of its generation, which is 80s America as seen and lived through the eyes of a bunch of recent college graduates trying to find their place in it. It is sort of the 80s equivalent of “Reality Bites” – but with just a few more actors and more sub-plots. I think the struggles these kids are facing are very well and authentically documented. I graduated about 20 years after these kids and faced the same issues and challenges – like finding a job, a place to live, figure out what I really wanted to do with my life and commiserating with my friends who were suddenly stuck in crappy jobs that sucked the joy out of living.

On another note: I dont think Demi Moore was acting in this movie. It is well known that at the time she was in fact struggling with drug abuse and that the director fired her until she got clean. She did get her act together and came back to the set but from the looks of it, there apparently wasnt much, or any, acting required on her part. It is interesting to see that stars who everyone has put on a pedestal and decided to praise as either talented or gifted, have in actuality such trashy, demented and sad pasts. If Demi Moore hadnt “made it” in Hollywood, she would be today where her character in this movie is going to be 25 years from now.


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