Permanent Record (1988)
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Pic is populated by profoundly unrewarding characters doing and saying utterly uninteresting things.
A well-intentioned study of high-school kids coping (and not coping) with the pressures of adolescence, its naturalistic style only makes the more overt dramatic elements look forced and clichéd.
The implacable earnestness laid on by the script, which it took three people to put together, is not relieved by the nonstop songs, from rock-and-roll to Gilbert and Sullivan.
To describe the opening scenes makes them seem routine, and yet they captured my attention with an intensity that I still do not understand.
Good intentions and seriousness aside, it's not much of anything -- not terrible, but not terribly engaging or illuminating either.
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Between a 6/10 and 7/10, this isn't much more than a conscientious TV-movie drama, with a rather maudlin climax, but the performances are solid.
Many films and television series have tackled the issue of teen suicide over the years, but few have done so with the grace and dignity of "Permanent Record". This is a little seen, deeply moving feature that deserves a wider audience.
It gives little clues into why the Allan Boyce character here commits suicide, and it doesn't purport to have all the answers. That only enhances the film's realism. In the opening scenes, Keanu Reeves is distracting as he was seemingly prepping for his next big role in "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure", but there is a lot more going on with his character than meets the eye. His affecting performance is the dramatic center of the picture, and you greatly sympathize with him.
I also appreciated the adults in the film, especially Richard Bradford as the school's principal. It would be easy to make him and the parents the enemy here, but they are grieving too and actually understand the students. There is a wonderful scene where an anguished and intoxicated Reeves nearly kills Boyce's younger brother and he finally breaks down to his friend's father.
The drama culminates in the film's final scene at the school play, where a fragile and delicate Jennifer Ruben breaks character and pays beautiful tribute to her fallen friend, and it's the highlight of the actress' burgeoning career. The subject is stale, but "Permanent Record" has a fresh voice that remains as impactful today as it was upon its initial release. It's a small film that will stay with you.
wow. im surprised more people dont talk about this movie, i guess maybe many haven't seen it? its quite good and keanu gives a very strong, heartfelt peformance. if people dont think he can act, they should really see this movie.
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