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I May Destroy You
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This is a representative movie of the 80's high school scene and a love triangle. Mary Stuart Masterson shines in this movie. I think her wit and raw emotions actually steal the scene each time. The only thing I find phony is the purchase of the earrings as a gift to Amanda. It's very contrived. I think Hughes wanted to have that scene at the end where the young man gives them to Watts instead of Amanda. It's not believable that he would spend his savings on her since he already knew Amanda wasn't serious about him and had used him at that point.
This story couldn't have been written to be more believable too. I find it hard to believe that a young man would not find Watts attractive enough to warrant his attention while in plain sight.
Then again that's what Hughes was shooting for. .the ever present love right in front of you that you hadn't seen.. right under your nose.... so clichÃ (C), but still works.
Interestingly, Lea Thompson who plays Amanda â¦ who'm I find unconvincing as an actor.. married one of this movies' producer, Howard Deutch, after meeting on the set.
Lea Thompson conjures some fake tears at one point. They look like someone used an eye dropper on her in between scenes. Whereas Watt's convincingly has real tears covering both eyes at the final reunion scene at the end.