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The New Kids (1985)

The New Kids (1985)

The New Kids





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Abby (Lori Loughlin) and her brother, Loren (Shannon Presby), seem to have it all: good looks, lots of friends, and a great relationship with their loving mom and their heroic, discipline-minded military dad. When their folks are killed in a car crash, however, the siblings must move to small-town Florida to live with their sweet but cash-impaired Uncle Charlie (Ed Jones) and Aunt Fay (Lucy Martin), who own a gas station and a struggling, bargain-bin amusement park. For Abby and Loren, life in the Sunshine State proves to be a mixture of hard work, new faces, and harassment at the hands of drug-dealing, skirt-chasing local scion Dutra (James Spader) and his gang of trailer-park psychopaths. Dutra places a bet with the wiry, reptilian Gideon (John Philbin) about which of the young villains will be able to bed Abby first, leading to a series of increasingly vile sexual come-ons. Abby, however, has other romantic ideas involving a kindly boy named Mark (Eric Stoltz). Between bouts of defending his sister's honor, Loren finds a similarly wholesome romance with pretty, blond Karen (Paige Lyn Price). With the help of these new friends, Loren and Abby make some headway in the local social hierarchy, but their skirmishes with Dutra and his minions escalate, climaxing with attempted rape, kidnapping, and bumper-car violence on the night of a high-school dance. Director Sean S. Cunningham also directed the original Friday the 13th.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Stephen Gyllenhaal, Brian Taggert
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 4, 2005
Sony Pictures Entertainment


Eddie Jones
as Charlie
Vince Grant
as Joe Bob
Lucy Martin
as Aunt Fay
Court Miller
as Sheriff
Tom Atkins
as `Mac' MacWilliams
Jean De Baer
as MaryBeth MacWilliams
Chad Wiggins
as Chad Bob
John Archie
as Math Teacher
Alex Panas
as Paint Store Propriet...
Alexander Panas
as Paint Store Propriet...
Toni Crabtree
as Newscaster
Fred Buch
as Guidance Counselor
Ilse Earl
as Guidance Counselor
Brad Sullivan
as Colonel Jenkins
Billy Barzee
as Redneck
Noel Rego
as Friend
Don Kehr
as Friend
Alexander Panas
as Paint Store Propriet...
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Critic Reviews for The New Kids

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The protagonists are paper-thin caricatures; the villains are ridiculously, stupidly, evil; the plot is dirt-dry and predictable; and the hairstyles are just plain nutty.

Full Review… | September 27, 2005

July 31, 2005

Audience Reviews for The New Kids

A good cast, but a so-so movie, the story is most exciting towards the end, but the rest is just okay. Spader is really good as the annoying punk.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Great 80's flick. Spader plays the ultimate baddie in this.

Wu Chouin

Super Reviewer


Gave this blind buy a spin and was pleasantly surprised by how solid it is, even if things are a tad paint by number with 'the new kids' arriving in town to stay with relatives after they lose their parents, then running afoul of the local hoodlums. James Spader is apparently ALWAYS vaguely creepy, and it's a pretty fun little outing for all involved.

Give that mother a look if you can track it down.

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