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Monday, October 12, 2015

Kino Lorber Studio Classics - MODERN GIRLS on Blu-ray

MODERN GIRLS (1986; Jerry Kramer)
Okay, before you even start reading this review I need a small favor. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and press play on the Depeche Mode's "But Not Tonight" that I've linked below. It's basically the theme song for the movie and it will help set the mood properly.
So MODERN GIRLS. This is a movie that I have come to unabashedly adore over the past five years or so. I bought a second-hand VHS of it back in my heavy VHS collecting days during the 1990s when I was trying to get as many "totally 80s" movies as I could for my collection. I think I appreciated it then, but only superficially. I am a Clayton Rohner fan from way back (APRIL FOOL'S DAY was my gateway drug of choice with regards to him) and so I certainly enjoyed seeing him in the movie. I actually thought is was cute that he played a dual role in the movie as both the nerd and the rock star. And then there were the ladies. Daphne Zuniga, Cynthia Gibb and Virginia Madsen as an excellent trio of L.A. city gals. Oh and I love that this is an L.A. movie by the way (even if the locations aren't as much a part of the film as I would have liked). Anyway, the three girls are all fantastic and beautiful and I get a kick out of hanging out with them. Cynthia Gibb is in the running for most adorable actress of all-time and her cuteness is cranked up to eleven in MODERN GIRLS. Daphne Zuniga is great too. I saw her first in SPACEBALLS and THE SURE THING and she was always able to play that somewhat initially bitchy, but ultimately sensitive and cool woman character very well. 
MODERN GIRLS is one of those "one crazy night" movies that were all the rage in the 1980s and I miss them dearly (this sub-genre is one of my personal favorites). This kind of flick is what is sometimes known as a "hang out movie" and I dig those a lot. You put it on and just spend time with these characters you like as they do their thing. Their thing is basically to hit a lot of night spots and not pay for drinks. MODERN GIRLS is also 80s incarnate in general. This movie has not one but two "getting ready" montages within the first 12 minutes, which is fantastic. The soundtrack (which is fun stuff), the fashions, the clubs and the rock star himself all have this perfectly frozen in time quality about them. The rock star in question is known as "Bruno X" and he's played by Clayton Rohner as I mentioned. He's a black-duster clad, spikey-haired Brit who wears sunglasses in his MTV music videos (shown on TV near the beginning of the movie) and in person when he's dropping in on one of the places the girls happen to frequent. So the basic plot is: girls trick nerd into giving them a ride for the night, girls run into rock star and he falls for one of them and then the whole gang spends the rest of the evening pursuing him. It's pretty simple, but I cannot tell you how much this movie means to me at the moment. There a few movies that I have watched enough in the past decade to thoroughly annoy my wife and turn her off to them all together. MODERN GIRLS and LITTLE DARLINGS are the main offenders. Perhaps it seems odd that I enjoy these two so much, but there is just something truly infectious about both of them that I can't even really put into words. I know others feel the same though and I can only hope that one day LITTLE DARLINGS might get a Blu-ray release as well. For now I will be more than happy with this very nice looking copy of an unsung 80s classic that is near and dear to my heart. Watch it.
The disc also includes a short (5 mins or so) new interview with actor Clayton Rohner who reminisces about the film and his memories of sharing a trailer with the three girls for 8 weeks and how awesome that was.

Bonus: Here is Siskel and Ebert's scathing review of the movie from 1986. They are both so wrong:

MODERN GIRLS can be purchased on Blu-ray here:

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