St. Elmo's Fire
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Post-collegiate angst, '80s style, is the subject of this coming-of-age ensemble piece, which traces the fortunes of a group of Georgetown grads as they enter the real world and grapple with work, infidelity, and adulthood. The most outwardly upscale member of the gang, Jules (Demi Moore), hides a plethora of emotional baggage behind a chic wardrobe, an expensive apartment, a fashionable drug habit, and lots of meaningless casual sex. Her friend Wendy (Mare Winningham) has the opposite problem; a trust-fund baby with body-image issues and little sexual experience, she's hung up on… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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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