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Rich Kids, a romantic and heartwarming tale of young love set in New York, stars Trini Alvarado (Times Square) and Jeremy Levy (TV s Holocaust). Despite their upwardly mobile backgrounds, Franny (Alvarado) and Jamie (Levy) find themselves navigating universal issues including family discord, divorce and romance in the Big Apple. Directed by Robert M. Young (Extremities) from a screenplay by Judith Ross, with Robert Altman serving as executive producer, Rich Kids is a showcase of 80's Manhattan that co-stars John Lithgow (Terms of Endearment), Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck), David Selby (The Social Network), Paul Dooley (Breaking Away), Terry Kiser (Weekend at Bernie s) and Irene Worth (Eyewitness).
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When the movie focuses squarely on the kids it's pretty wonderful, with a smart and unique perspective and sharp insights into what it's like to be at an age where you haven't quite yet discovered sex and have control over virtually no aspects of your life since you are still considered a kid. Trini Alvarado in particular gives a funny and heartbreaking performance as Frannie--between this and Times Square made the following year it's hard to believe she never become a star--but unfortunately for her both movies bombed and her excellent work went largely unnoticed.
Rich Kids runs into problems when it focuses on the adults who aren't nearly as interesting as the kids--when the unhappy parents and their current lovers are on-screen Rich Kids frequently feels like a bad Woody Allen movie filled with spoiled upper class adults who are extremely unsympathetic, although John Lithgow as Frannie's father comes the closest to creating an adult character that it's possible to care a little about. The extremes that he is willing to go to in order to hide his bad marriage from Franny represents the only unselfish action taken by any of the adults, although it could also be argued that he is protecting himself from hurting his daughter as much as he is protecting her. In any case the title is clearly meant to apply to the adults as well as their kids, but that doesn't change the fact that none of the adult characters is particularly likable or interesting and that the movie becomes a drag whenever the movie focuses on them.
In the end Rich Kids is both a very good movie and a dull and mediocre one at the same time--it probably deserves to be seen for the parts that actually work, although the fact that it's so uneven makes it difficult to recommend.
Director Robert M. Young elicits excellent performances from the young leads, who speak like kids, not actors reciting clever dialogue. We believe their precociousness and innocence as they navigate family upheaval with surprising maturity and perspective. The humor emerges naturally and is age-appropriate. The movie captures the look and feel of New York in the 1970s and features first-rate supporting performances by John Lithgow, Olympia Dukakis, David Selby, Paul Dooley, and Irene Worth.
“Rich Kids” portrays its characters with sensitivity and humor. It also illustrates how examples — good and bad — are set by parents and imitated by their children.
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I`ve seen it today on TV, and I love it.It is such a lovely, lively and romantic story.
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