Baby It's You Reviews
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...
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.
Jill is middle-class, pretty, popular and a good student. Sheik is working-class, a rebel who styles himself after Frank Sinatra. Their relationship is awkward but heartfelt - and then school ends. Jill becomes a small fish in a big pond at college, trying to redefine herself - and Sheik tries to pursue his dream of being the next Frank.
As the summary for this film recounts, the studio wanted to end this at high school. It's true that the film gets uneven after the two characters go their separate ways ... but that's mostly the point, and the lovely bittersweet ending flags that up perfectly.
Arquette and Spano are both excellent: charismatic and sympathetic, showing youthful openness and enthusiasm beginning to merge into adult self-knowledge. Finally, the soundtrack is great - period music is combined with Sinatra, and Bruce Springsteen allowed his songs to be used here for the first time in films, to great effect.