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Two school kids, who are best friends, are drinking on the side of a river. One friend bets the other that he can't swim across the river and "Reach The Rock". The friend takes the bet and drowns halfway towards the rock. The entire town blames the the kid for his friends death, he runs away, never to be seen again. He eventually comes back to his home town of Shermerville and goes crazy, and starts to trash the town (for example, breaking store-front windows, stealing a police car). He also meets up with his old high school girlfriend. The majority of the movie takes place in one night.Written by
Loved it, reminded me of growing up in a small town
This movie more than any other of the "this should be brought to DVD" category seems to be the one I keep checking on over the years hoping to find it has made it to DVD at last.
I liked that it had so few actors yet told the story perfectly. Remember this was written by John Hughs, and he has some pretty great successes to his name (which is why I first chose to watch it when it came out on VHS).
It tells the story of a mischievous teen who plays tricks on the police, just like we did when I was a kid growing up in a small town. Only on a grander scale than we ever did.
I have no idea if generally people would like this movie, most have never gotten a chance since this went to VHS without hardly a whisper at the box office and no DVD. Perhaps I only like it because it seems to familiar to my brothers and I as teenagers.
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