10 September 2019 | Rob-O-Cop
All the characters in this '70s/80s growing up in a small town' story were interesting and well rounded and believably delivered by a strong cast.
It was supposed to be new jersey but it could and should have been small town nowhere as someone got upset about it not accurate representing that specific location.
The story was pretty good, but not really the triumph of the movie.
It covered territory we've seen many times before but the main thing was how well painted it was. it looked good, sounded good (great musical score), and interesting characters well acted, I might have mentioned that already.
There's 2 brothers and their dynamic is warm, and a bad egg, (who we never really get to know, he's just bad for some reason), the girl (cool, cute, likeable and smart) the sheriff (ahead of the curve firm but cares), and creepy offsider playing both sides, etc etc.
I did enjoy it and I liked the open ending which shows the damage done and leaves it there for us to consider the cost. If it had gone any further then what did it really have left to tell us for this film? A part 2 is definitely possible but with some of the actors becoming stars already it won't be so economical to make the next one.
Credit where credit is due, a well made and well acted small story.
Don't think too much about the basic plot (there aren't any holes or anything, it's just a pretty simple story), and enjoy the acting and atmosphere.