In this day and age, it's very easy to find information and have access to all the videos, songs, and photos you want. But I still yearn for a challenge to find some pop culture gems, and I had one up until a few days ago when I found a rare gem on ebay; an 80's movie I've heard things about but never had the pleasure of watching. That movie is The Wild Life, written by Cameron Crowe and featuring a cool synth-rock score from Eddie Van Halen. The Wild Life was never released on DVD due to Eddie refusing to give up the music rights or possibly wanting way too much money that the movie studio refused to grant. Also, since the movie wasn't very good, the studio probably decided not to pursue the music rights for a movie that wouldn't even sell more than a few copies. The Wild Life is kind of like a sequel to Cameron Crowe's breakout movie, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, dealing with teen issues like jobs, partying, sex, and fitting in. The movie stars Eric Stoltz as a high school grad relegated to working in a bowling alley to save up money so he can buy a place and live on his own. Chris Penn, doing his best Alex Winter impersonation even though this movie was released four years before Bill & Ted, is the comic relief of the movie. He is part Spicoli, (how ironic since he is Sean Penn's little bro), part Ogre, a party- hardy high school jock who thinks that marrying his high-school sweetheart is the key to being happy. The movie also features Lea Thompson as Stoltz's ex-girlfriend (no that isn't a prequel to Some Kind Of Wonderful!!!) as a Dunkin Donuts employee who believes she has found true love with an older man who happens to be a cop. Then, there is her pal and Penn's love interest played by Jenny Wright (the 80's chick who didn't quite become a household name, but might be best known for a nice butt scene in Young Guns II) who is trying to find success in her career as a retail salesperson in the mall). Last but not least is Ilan-Mitchell Smith, who would become best known as Wyatt in Weird Science two years later, as the freshman obsessed with Vietnam and war, who is trying to win the heart of a young lassie. Also making cameos are Rick Moranis, Sherilyn Fenn, and Randy Quaid. The Wild Life was cheesy and a good representation of the 80's, but I can see why the movie really didn't make it big. The attempt at creating a new 80's catch phrase, It's Casual! went over like a dead fart. The best part of the film is Eddie Van Halen's score. Van Halen fans will appreciate snippets of songs that would later become big songs for the band (i.e. Right Now). 80's movie fans or those who enjoy Cameron Crowe should check this film out, but you'll have to find it on VHS and get it converted to DVD in order to watch it. Had I seen this movie rerun on HBO in 1986, I might have enjoyed it a lot more than I did upon first viewing two days ago. I give it a C.