2 July 2019 | boblipton
What Do Kids Know?
Well, they know how they feel. Jane Withers is fifteen and can't make up her mind whether she wants to be a great dancer or a great writer. Whatever it is, her parents don't take her seriously. Next-door neighbor Jackie Cooper does, but he wants to be an aviations engineer, which his father doesn't take seriously. He wants to destroy the glider that Jackie has built before he breaks his neck in it. So when Jane's uncle, William Tracy, who's all of four years older than she is, brings his self-confident friend from college, Kenneth Howell home, Jane thinks she's in love. Howell plays along, then breaks her heart for Jackie's very pretty sister, Martha O'Driscoll.
It's one of those mean-spirited comedies which makes fun of adolescents because they desperately want to be adults, but don't know how. The performances are quite good within the context of the script, particular by the adults: Josephine Hutchinson and Addison Richards as Miss Withers' warm and wise parents, and Jonathan Hale as Cooper's father, who gives orders and is surprised when they aren't obeyed. Fans of the actors will be glad to add another appearance to their lists, but the movie doesn't cover itself in glory.