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Permanent Record
High school student Alan Boyce has it all: looks, charm, popularity, excellent grades, a promising future. So why does Boyce abruptly commit suicide? As the shock waves of the boy's death reverberate through the halls of his school, the other students--particularly Boyce's best friend Keanu Reeves--ask themselves if they, too, are capable of self-destruction. As for the adults, Boyce's suicide is one more of a myriad of mysteries concerning "Generation X" (though it was not yet so labelled in 1988). While the film offers no easy answers, either for the characters or the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Pic is populated by profoundly unrewarding characters doing and saying utterly uninteresting things."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A lot of talented people, ranging from Eraserhead's cinematographer (Frederick Elmes) to Choose Me's costume designer (Tracy Tynan), contributed to this muck."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"This isn't much more than a conscientious TV-movie drama, with a rather maudlin climax, but the performances are solid..."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"A well-intentioned study of high-school kids coping (and not coping) with the pressures of adolescence, its naturalistic style only makes the more overt dramatic elements look forced and clichéd."
‑ Tom Charity, Time Out
"To describe the opening scenes makes them seem routine, and yet they captured my attention with an intensity that I still do not understand."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Somehow balances the silliness of being seventeen with the beauty and the horror of it."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"The implacable earnestness laid on by the script, which it took three people to put together, is not relieved by the nonstop songs, from rock-and-roll to Gilbert and Sullivan."
‑ Walter Goodman, New York Times
"Good intentions and seriousness aside, it's not much of anything -- not terrible, but not terribly engaging or illuminating either."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"A fresh faced Keanu Reeves stars in this quietly tragic depiction of teenage years, suicide and anger."
‑ , Film4
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