Baby It's You (1983)

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In the early 1960s, two very different New Jersey high schoolers share their first love in this bittersweet romantic drama, an early feature by writer/director John Sayles. Jill Rosen (Rosanna Arquette) is a sweet, overachieving Jewish girl heading for college to become an actor; "Sheik" Capodilupo (Vincent Spano) is a mysterious, confident Italian guy who pushes his way into Jill's already busy life. Sheik successfully woos Jill, and the story follows their ups and downs as teenage romantics. While that introduction is lighter fare than most Sayles material, the film trails off into some unexpected plot developments, providing an original take on the "different sides of the track" genre. Sayles directs the high school scenes with a combination of reminiscence and reality, balancing the excitement of cars and the prom with the heartache, anxiety, and classwork that goes along with it. The movie is injected with a mostly 1960s soundtrack, yet the videocassette lists that "some music has been changed" for home video -- the note apparently refers to four Bruce Springsteen cuts. Matthew Modine and Tracy Pollan appear in small parts, and Robert Downey Jr. also has a tiny role. This was the fiercely independent Sayles' first film to be made with a major studio (Paramount), and he claims it will be his last, as he lost final editing control. ~ Norm Schrager, Rovi
Rating:
R
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Paramount Pictures

Cast

Rosanna Arquette
as Jill Rosen
Vincent Spano
as Albert 'Sheik' Capadilupo
Joanna Merlin
as Mrs. Rosen
Jack Davidson
as Dr. Rosen
Leora Dana
as Miss Vernon
Sam McMurray
as Mr. mcManus
Dolores Messina
as Mrs. Capadilupo
Nick Ferrari
as Mr. Capadilupo
Marta Kober
as Debra
Tracy Pollan
as Leslie
Frank Vincent
as Vinnie
Donnie Kehr
as Barry
John Ferraro
as Plasky
Phil Brock
as Biff
Merel Ploway
as Miss Katz
Don Kehr
as Barry
Art Halperin
as Band Leader
Caroline Aaron
as Waitress
Fisher Stevens
as Stage Manager
Robin Geller
as Tripper
Susan Busset
as Prom Singer
Steven Reed
as Prom Singer
Stephen Donato
as Prom Singer
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Critic Reviews for Baby It's You

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

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Full Review… | February 22, 2012
Variety
Top Critic

Arquette and Spano hit exactly the right note.

Full Review… | February 27, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

A labor of love for everyone involved.

February 27, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

As a filmmaker, Sayles still seems more likable than incisive or original, but it's a likability with a certain brilliance.

Full Review… | February 27, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Rosanna Arquette has a way about her.

Full Review… | February 27, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A patchy romance but tough-minded and full of vividly smudged emotions

Full Review… | December 18, 2011
CinePassion

Audience Reviews for Baby It's You

So, I'm on kind of a weird "stalker" quest...to watch all of Robert Downey Jr's movies (not just because he's gorgeous, but I want to see his progression as an actor). Well, I blinked and missed his part...after a very slow fast forward through the movie again, I saw a brief flash of his face on the dance floor in the high school prom scene. So, that was a bit of a disappointment! I had expected to hate this movie based mostly on the Netflix rating and the fact that it was from 1983 and I'd never even heard of it. What a surprise! It was really quite good.The plot was intelligent and definitely kept me hooked. Vincent Spano was excellent in the sexy bad boy role and I really like Rosanna Arquette. Definitely worth renting...

Janet Dore
Janet Dore
½

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.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

½

Actually between a 6/10 and 7/10 -- 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.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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