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Arquette and Spano hit exactly the right note.
A labor of love for everyone involved.
As a filmmaker, Sayles still seems more likable than incisive or original, but it's a likability with a certain brilliance.
Rosanna Arquette has a way about her.
A patchy romance but tough-minded and full of vividly smudged emotions
John Sayles film is a well acted tale of doomed romance.
Sayles's class-consciousness is telling as always, and the director is so good at creating complex, persuasive characters that one is tempted to overlook narrative weaknesses, especially in the final third of the film.
John Sayles takes on a genre movie and makes something that ends up as distinctive as his trademark ensemble films.
An uneven teenage romantic comedy by John Sayles.
One of John Sayles' lesser films, but Arquette and Spano are good, and Sayles manages to make an "opposites attract" story that doesn't seem stale.
Arquette, still green under the gills when this flick was made, doesn't light up the screen. Neither does Spano, despite being dubbed one of the "12 most promising young actors of 1983".
A peculiarly absorbing and sticky film, Baby, It's You is all the more so for its relative uniqueness in Sayles' oeuvre.
Written and directed by John Sayles, "Baby It's You" is on the surface a genuinely heartfelt romance. Like a lot of Sayles' other movies(this is his only studio movie to date), it also works on a political level as it relates to perceptions and class.
It is 1967 and Jill Rosen(Rosanna Arquette) is a high school senior in Trenton, New Jersey who is interested in becoming an actress and has auditioned for the lead in the school play. Sheik(Vincent Spano), a new student, asks her out for a date which she at first declines but eventually succumbs to his charm.(I thought Sheik was originally a Rudolph Valentino reference and no doubt he is handsome. I was shocked at the real reason for the nickname which is revealed late in the movie.) He is going in the opposite direction as Jill, rarely attending his own classes and occasionally attending hers.
Inside of the cocoon of their high school lives and routines, Jill and Sheik come together but things change as they move out into the wider world and encounter different attitudes and people that have an effect on them. "Baby It's You" starts in a world that still resembles the 1950's in many ways set to a Frank Sinatra soundtrack but ends up in the conflicted 1960's, minus any reference to Vietnam. And to its credit, the movie does end on a truly lovely note.
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