David Savage Remembers The Under-rated "Foxes" (1980)

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Unlike the high school hellcats twenty years before them, tossing globes out of classroom windows and firing on police officers (see High School Confidential), Foxes (1980), is a portrait of teenage torpor at the dawn of the Eighties. These jaded teens, led by Jodie Foster, would rather pop a ‘lude and put on a Boston LP.

Examining the loosely woven friendship between four high school girls in the San Fernando Valley, each with typical problems of her age – and therefore seemingly insurmountable – Foxes looks at how each personality type copes with life, sex and parents, all of whom are divorced and too busy trying to find themselves rather than guide their children through the rockiest period of their lives.

Released between two movies that became classics of the L.A. High School genre, Rock ‘n Roll High School (1979) and Fast Times at Ridgemont
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