Reckless

Reckless

Director: James Foley

Cast: Aidan Quinn, Daryl Hannah, Kenneth McMillan

     
 

Reckless is the word for rebellious teenaged Johnny Rourke (Aidan Quinn). With a drunken dad and a police-blotter rap sheet as long as his arm, Quinn pursues an "impossible" romance with Tracey Prescott (Daryl Hannah), a girl from a wealthy, highly respected family. Tracey is thrilled at the prospect of kicking over the traces with Johnny, and soon proves to beSee more details below

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Reckless is the word for rebellious teenaged Johnny Rourke (Aidan Quinn). With a drunken dad and a police-blotter rap sheet as long as his arm, Quinn pursues an "impossible" romance with Tracey Prescott (Daryl Hannah), a girl from a wealthy, highly respected family. Tracey is thrilled at the prospect of kicking over the traces with Johnny, and soon proves to be as big a hellraiser as he is....if not more so. Reckless was written by Chris Columbus, just before he hit pay dirt with Gremlins and The Goonies.

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Reckless is not consistently successful but it is consistently interesting. The story feels like the grittier, more melodramatic flipside to the John Hughes films of the same early-1980's era. It is no less of a fantasy than those films due to its reliance on familiar archetypes (the rebel without a cause, the good girl who wants to break out of her shell, etc.) but the Chris Columbus script has fun toying with those archetypes and trying to give them a modern dramatic edge. For the first half of the film, it works: the young lovers are believably awkward when trying to express their feelings or grasp towards adult life and the film has a refreshing frankness about sex and the complexities of teen mating rituals. However, the second half of the story loses focus and succumbs to the clichés it was once playing with (including a rather hokey ending). That said, Reckless remains watchable for teen-drama fans thanks to its style and performances. The sleek cinematography by Michael Ballhaus creates an arresting, stylized look that draws the viewer in because it is atypical for this kind of drama, creating a mood that is nicely supported by the soundtrack's mix of early 1980's radio fare and new wave-style soundtrack cues. James Foley's direction offsets this stylization with a sometimes feverish emotional intensity: highlights include a scene where the camera spins around the film's central couple as they cut loose at a school dance and a wish-fulfillment sequence where they run loose in the school late at night. Foley also gets strong performances from his leads: Aidan Quinn brings the right mixture of attitude and uncertainty to his rebellious hero role and Daryl Hannah's performance brings a winning quirkiness to her "good girl" role. The end result is flawed but intriguing: Reckless sometimes stumbles but its singular approach lingers in the memory.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/04/2009
UPC:
0883316195451
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
22,160

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Aidan Quinn Johnny Rourke
Daryl Hannah Tracey Prescott
Kenneth McMillan John Rourke, Sr.
Cliff De Young Phil Barton
Lois Smith Mrs. Prescott
Adam Baldwin Randy Daniels
Dan Hedaya Peter Daniels
Billy Jayne David Prescott
Toni Kalem Donna
Terry Brown Pinky
Robert F. Colesberry Marine Recruiter
Meg Foster Actor
Jennifer Grey Cathy Bennario
Haviland Morris Mary Pat Sykes
Pamela Springsteen Karen Sybern
Susan Kingsley Eileen
Adam Le Fevre Officer Haskell
Ellen Mirojnick Physics Teacher

Technical Credits
James Foley Director
Michael Ballhaus Cinematographer
Carol Baum Executive Producer
Nora Chavoosian Set Decoration/Design
Robert F. Colesberry Associate Producer
Chris Columbus Screenwriter
Gary Daigler Asst. Director
Tony Lombardo Editor
Albert Magnoli Editor
Anamarie Michnevich Art Director
Ellen Mirojnick Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas Newman Score Composer
David Nichols Production Designer
Scott Rudin Producer
James Sarzotti Makeup
Edgar J. Scherick Producer
Timothy R. Sexton Musical Direction/Supervision
Margery Simkin Casting
Jeffrey Townsend Production Designer

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