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Passion knows no limit for Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy in the provocative romantic drama, FRESH HORSES. After Matt Larkin (McCarthy) announces his engagement to a beautiful debutante, his best friend takes him off to the country for one last bachelor bash at the home of a friend (Patti D' Arbanville). There Matt meets Jewel (Molly Ringwald), and is immediately attracted to her rare, sensual beauty and simple rural ways. Although Matt and Jewel have little in common, they are drawn to one another and begin a passionate relationship that unites their very different worlds- and blows apart Matt's previously "safe" existence forever.
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For any guy who has really liked a girl, but for whatever reason knows he can't be with her because she doesn't fit in his world, this is the kind of angst in this movie.
It is basically a chic flick, but I like those if they are good. And IMO...this one is good.
It is not the greatest movie ever made, but I like the flavor of it well enough that I bought it. Very re-watchable.
FRESH HORSES explores the invisible American caste system, the difference between education and intelligence, the connection between social standing and friendship, and the dichotomy of masculine integrity. I am in no way exaggerating when I say, it's Dickensian in its scope.
Several of the negative reviews site "bad acting." I'd love to know what that means. These are all talented, young actors (at the time FRESH HORSES was made) many of whom have become household names. Here's Ben Stiller as Andrew McCarthy's "bad angel," who introduces him to an edgy new lifestyle, then deserts him when he becomes immersed in it. Here's Viggo Mortensen, the first time I was ever aware of him, as Jewel's husband, dangerously underestimated in his shrewd, street-wise intelligence.
I do love the script so much I wish we could see a young Montgomery Cliff and Marilyn Monroe in the lead roles. But I wonder if Marilyn, as spectacular as she looks, could have pulled off the scene with the boldness Molly Ringwald offers when, as Jewel, she breaks up Andrew McCarthy's party in the abandoned shack where they previously kept house?
This was a difficult and powerful role for Molly Ringwald. In my opinion, it's her greatest performance to date. If you don't want your ideas about what you're doing with your life to be challenged, you may prefer to avoid this noir cautionary tale. But far from a "one star" rating, this is the ONLY important film to come out of the "brat pack" series of films from the 1980s.