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Lucas (1986)



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Corey Haim plays 13-year-old Lucas, a bespectacled, bookish type who attracts school bullies like a magnet. Lucas befriends 16-year-old Maggie (Kerri Green); she wants to be "just friends," while he'd like a more meaningful relationship. The boy introduces the girl to a world of intellectual pursuits of which she'd been previously unaware. She enjoys the attention, but is physically attracted to football jock Cappie Roew (Charlie Sheen), and becomes a cheerleader to be nearer to the young athlete. Lucas feels shut out once more, but is comforted to learn that Cappie is not just one more bully but a sensitive kid who sticks up for Lucas when the younger boy is being picked on. Still hoping to impress Maggie, Lucas tries out for the football team himself, threatening legal action when the coach tries to turn him down. This innovative teen-oriented film threatens to come to a hackneyed "big touchdown" climax, but instead goes for a more original finale.
PG-13 (N/A)
Comedy , Drama , Kids & Family , Romance
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20th Century Fox


Corey Haim
as Lucas
Kerri Green
as Maggie
Charlie Sheen
as Cappie
Guy Boyd
as Coach
Tom Mackie
as Billy
Garrett M. Brown
as Mr. Kaiser
Donald Harrigan
as Man at Symphony
Judy Leavitt-Wells
as Cheer Coach
Gregg Potter
as Tough Kid
James Krag
as Usher
R.G. Clayton
as Band Teacher
Patti Wilkus
as Home Economics Teacher
Christina Baglivi
as Spanish Teacher
Martha Murphy
as Choir Teacher
Gary Cole
as Assistant Coach
Lucy Butler
as Maggie's Mom
Erika Leigh
as Mary Ellen
Annie Ryan
as Angie
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Critic Reviews for Lucas

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5)

Lucas is as irresistible as its slight, brilliant, bespectacled 14-year-old hero (Corey Haim).

Full Review… | August 23, 2016
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Having carefully and sensitively drawn an interesting character and put him in an interesting place, the filmmakers start painting with their fingers and ultimately provide a very familiar picture.

Full Review… | August 23, 2016
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

No, it's not a daringly original plot and yes, it is sentimental, but Mr. Seltzer handles his small story as gently as Lucas handles the baby locust he finds in the road.

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

It's a poignant and effective character study that manages not only to explore important teenage issues without condescending to the audience, but to offer an upbeat ending without descending into mawkishness.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

It would be tragic if this film would get lost in the shuffle of "teenage movies." This is a movie that is as pure and true to the adolescent experience as Truffaut's The 400 Blows.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

It's hard to think of another movie where so many young performers have so forcefully announced themselves to the world.

Full Review… | January 31, 2011
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Audience Reviews for Lucas


Lucas is cute for maybe two seconds and then you sort of want to through a rock at his nerdy head. I think it's funny that Charlie Sheen is supposed to be this Hottie Mchotterson and Wino is this geeky tomboy. Total role reversal. And Jeremy Piven! Whoa, time warp.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

This romantic teen comedy is charming and heartfelt, I really like it. Plus, it has a great cast. I highly recommend it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Wow, can't believe this movie wasn't a big hit back in the day. But then again THE kind of movie I'm the biggest fool for are coming of age films, so perhaps I like them better than most do. I thought this movie was excellent. I'd heard of it but actually didn't have it planned to watch it tonight, but it caught my eye and I was glued. Definitely watch it if you haven't ever seen it and you enjoy coming of age films!

Jason Owens
Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

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