Wish You Were Here (Too Much) (1987)
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The British Wish You Were Here served as the auspicious film debut for 16-year-old Emily Lloyd. The scene is a British seaside community of the 1950s, where the local adults are shocked and embarrassed by the libertine Lynda (Lloyd), who dresses provocatively, behaves outrageously, and swears like a sailor (her favorite epithet is "Up your bum"). Lynda's mother is dead, and her father has given up trying to do anything with her. She attempts to hold down several jobs, but messes them all up
Jan 1, 1987 Wide
Apr 20, 2004
Tap Dancing Lady
Lynda Age 11
Mitch The Dog
Shop Van Customer
Barrie Houghton (II)
Lady with Hurt Knee
Passenger with Umbrella
Wish You Were Here is the story of Lynda's messy coming of age. It's a movie to cherish -- bouyant, affecting, one of a kind.
As Lynda, the belligerent, exhibitionist daughter of a strait-laced British shopkeeper, Lloyd is electrifying. She's a foul-mouthed Hayley Mills.
Just as Lynda's language is an affront to her neighbors, so is Leland's film an enthusiastic assault on the excessive gentility of so much British filmmaking.
Wish You Were Here may always be thought of as the movie that first gave us Emily Lloyd. Or as David Leland's first directing achievement.
What makes it interesting is the character of the heroine; her refreshing rudeness disconcerts those around her.
The trouble is that Lloyd's loud, brattish performance makes Linda less a socially purgative Free Spirit than a pain in the neck.
Although first-time director David Leland has a gold mine in Lloyd, he clutters the film with grotesque characters who give this small British town a surrealistic circus quality.
Leland has not, as I say, made up his mind as to which kind of film he is making, and so the mood of Wish You Were Here bounces uncomfortably back and forth between playful sass and grim decline-and-fall melodrama.
Idyllic despite its inherent naughtiness, Wish You Were Here is a raunchy postcard from an age that exists largely now for filmakers to make of it what they want.
As the title indicates, it's a film about yearning for someone dearly missed.
Wish You Were Here features a smashingly good performance by Emily Lloyd as a spunky, erotic, and out-spoken teenager.
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