Mark (Estevez) and Bryon (Craig Sheffer) are two asshole BFFs navigating their way to adulthood when things start to change. Bryon gets a girlfriend and Mark, who has needed no-one by Bryon in his life, struggles to let go and do the right thing.
This is a challenging story. I love the book and I love this film, but the main characters are far from lovable. Mark is the one to get Angela drunk and cut off her hair, but Bryon is the silent partner who doesn’t stop it. He allows Mark to do stupid things and people get hurt. If he said something, if he stepped up, then half the shit wouldn’t happen. I can’t like Bryon at all.
Bad fashion. Did anyone have mirrors back in the 80s? Big hair. Check. On the men we have mid-drift tops (check), buttons left half undone (check) so we see chest… jeez, it was painful to watch, especially when the psychotic punks walk in with their leathers, make up and chains.
MM, now he’s a different character and so sweet. He’s the victim of bullying, but it seems only Mark and Bryon are allowed to do that to him as they’re his “friends” and protect him from the rest of the bullies. It isn’t nice what happens to him.
Read the book first. Things are changed in the film, bear that in mind. View the two as separate things. Read and then watch.