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FilmStubs: St. Elmo's Fire (1985)

A group of friends, just out of college, struggle with adulthood.
(R, 110 min.)


Wednesday, September 13, 2023

7:00 PM

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A group of recent college graduates embark on a series of misadventures in the real world. There's Kirby (Emilio Estevez), a waiter who wants to be a lawyer; Kevin (Andrew McCarthy), a moody writer who yearns for the wild Jules (Demi Moore) ; Alec (Judd Nelson), whose political aspirations alienate his girlfriend, Leslie (Ally Sheedy) ; and Wendy (Mare Winningham), a quiet girl in love with Billy (Rob Lowe), who juggles roles as husband, dad and drunk. Together they grapple with adulthood. [RT]

Starring: Ally Sheedy, Andie MacDowell, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Emilio Estevez, Joyce Van Patten, Judd Nelson, Mare Winningham, Martin Balsam, Rob Lowe
Director: Joel Schumacher
Genre(s): Drama, Romance

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"An icon of the 80's."

— Nell Minow, Movie Mom

"St. Elmo's Fire is a quintessential film about the strange middleground between youth and adulthood."

— Christopher Monfette, IGN

"There is an abundance of astute and knowledgeably drawn scenes with this contextually structured story. There are some biting observations of college life, with law school in particular taking some verbal jabs on the chin."

— Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter