St. Elmo's Fire
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Post-graduation doubts haunt a group of yuppies in St. Elmo's Fire, Generation X's answer to The Big Chill. Fresh out of prestigious Georgetown University, six friends hang around Washington D.C. in search of something beyond their diplomas: philandering Alex (Judd Nelson) and Leslie (Ally Sheedy) live together in a precarious relationship; Kevin (Andrew McCarthy) pines for Leslie as he wiles away his days writing obituaries for the newspaper; spoiled Daddy's girl Wendy (Mare Winningham) shares a doomed love with Billy (Rob Lowe, sporting more gel than a napalm factory), an ex-frat… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

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"Soapy 20-something friends saga isn't for kids."
‑ Ellen Twadell, Common Sense Media
"Everyone struggles. Everyone triumphs. The music swells. No one cares."
‑ Pete Croatto,
"The intolerable apotheosis of 80s youth-driven filmmaking."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"An unforgettable master-piece. One of the best films for young people ever made. The young cast are splendid."
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"there's a perceptive, brilliant essay buried somewhere in St. Elmo's Fire on the dangers of deeply, tragically stupid people trying to write the great American novel."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"the loud clothes, the pumped-up fake rock of John Parr, the questionable sex appeal of McCarthy and the unctuous Nelson. Turn it on and watch your skin crawl."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"An icon of the 80's."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"Yearning, burning, boring"
‑ Michael Szymanski,
"Even teens might have a hard time identifying with the level of melodrama we get here."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"A telling look at the confusions and challenges facing seven friends who have recently graduated from the same college."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Soapy brat pack sap."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Everything collapses under its own weight."
‑ Dustin Putman,
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