Permanent Record (1988)

Permanent Record



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High school student Alan Boyce has it all: looks, charm, popularity, excellent grades, a promising future. So why does Boyce abruptly commit suicide? As the shock waves of the boy's death reverberate through the halls of his school, the other students--particularly Boyce's best friend Keanu Reeves--ask themselves if they, too, are capable of self-destruction. As for the adults, Boyce's suicide is one more of a myriad of mysteries concerning "Generation X" (though it was not yet so labelled in … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jarre Fees, Alice Liddle, Larry Ketron
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 17, 2004


as David Sinclair

as Chris Townsend

as Leo Verdell, Princi...

as Mr. McBain, Drama Te...

as Jim Sinclair

as Martha Sinclair

as Lee Sinclair

as Mr. Townsend

as Dr. Moss, School Sup...

as Woody

as Randy

as Security Guard

as Himself

as Sailors Audition

as Producer

as Chemistry Teacher

as Minister
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Critic Reviews for Permanent Record

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

Pic is populated by profoundly unrewarding characters doing and saying utterly uninteresting things.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

To describe the opening scenes makes them seem routine, and yet they captured my attention with an intensity that I still do not understand.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Good intentions and seriousness aside, it's not much of anything -- not terrible, but not terribly engaging or illuminating either.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

A lot of talented people, ranging from Eraserhead's cinematographer (Frederick Elmes) to Choose Me's costume designer (Tracy Tynan), contributed to this muck.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Permanent Record


The synopsis makes this sound like a sort of mystery, but it's not. This is a little slow moving drama with smart dialogue. Keanu did a very good job in his role...probably one of his best.

Robin P.

Always a joy to watch Keanu, this is one from his early days that deals with teen suicide.....good singing

Timeen *

Keanu does a great job portraying the confussion and weight of dealing with the secret to the loss of his friend while filling his large shoes to make Gilbert and Sullivan come to life at his high school. Reeves should be proud of this one for himself! The rest have a lot to be desired.

Jennalynn *

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