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There Goes My Baby (1994)

Graduates of a Los Angeles high school in 1965 see America's culture and politics gradually change.

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Stick (as Rick Schroder)
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Sunshine
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Finnegan
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Tracy
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Mary Beth
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In the final few days of Pop's Paradise - a hamburger joint that's been a second home to Westwood High's senior class - and a group of friends must face the biggest decisions of their lives. There's Stick, a surfer headed for Vietnam, Pirate, who wants to discover America along Route 66, and Michael, whose political activism may destroy his Harvard-bound future. Little do any of them realize that their final carefree days will also mark the end of their - and all of America's - innocence. Written by Anonymous

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2 September 1994 (USA)  »

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$10,500,000 (estimated)

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$125,169 (USA)
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Filmed in 1990, but wasn't released until four years later due to Orion Pictures' bankruptcy. See more »

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When Tracey and Finnigan are in the car and "Will You Still Love Me" is playing, at one point he turns off the radio to talk to Tracey. When he turns the radio back on, the song continues from where he turned it off like it was a tape instead of a live broadcast. See more »

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References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

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Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)
Adaptation and Music by Pete Seeger
Words from the Book of Ecclesiastes
Performed by The Byrds
Published by Melody Trails, Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Perpetual idealism. (spoilers)
23 May 2005 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

I look at this movie, which tries to collect all of this rebel youth spirit and embody it within a six or seven characters, as most movies about the 60s often seem to do. The result is often clichéd and I'm wondering whether, in the end, these movies are encouraging a sort of myth. Yes, there was the civil strife that lasted at least twenty years, starting with the culmination of the civil rights movement in the mid fifties and continuing to the end of the Vietnam War. That's a long time for a lot of anger, confusion, and energy to come out. And, of course, it did. But how much of it was done in this sort of way, this almost ritual arrangement of characters and themes? This movie made it look like, first, that all of the youth (at least in this town) were in favor of simply one side of questioning their parents or teachers (or other's) judgments and rebelling non-stop against that. Is that the way things went on after being saturated in this struggle for change on so many fronts (civil rights, the war, the feminist movement, etc)? Movies like this tend to be less realistic in their efforts to mark a particular decade, or a particular era, with this desired representation. And "There Goes My Baby" does with particularly little, if any, relent.

This is the story of six friends on the eve of their high school graduation in 1965. Post high-school plans for one involves going into the Army, after having enlisted. For two others, it means hitting the road and "discovering this Country" and sort of getting lost in that hippie culture (at least as embraced by the character, Sunshine). For two of them, it's off to college. And for yet another, it means trying to get famous (an odd one out in this particular mix of characters). But, things suddenly change when, in such a short span of time, they each seem to have their little flirtations with the bigger restlessness of the decade (riots, protests, and so forth) that cause them to rethink things (although, some already realize what's what). It just seems to easily, and done with an abundance of corniness that should have been held at bay if this movie was to be as effective as the filmmakers anticipated. There are far too many ultra-patriotic speeches that seem more laughable than dramatic. And as such, it makes the entire film even more ridiculous.

As others may be attracted to the film for the same reason I was, you do get to see a number of well-known actors in their early days. Look for then-unknown Mark Ruffalo talking to "Stick" (Ricky Schroeder) in one scene where he talks about having found someone to buy Stick's Woody (yeah, that sounds funny).


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