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FOXES
June 10, 2010, 2:00 am
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Release  Date :  February  29,  1980

An  intimate  and  powerful  movie  about  four  rebellious  teenage  girls  coping  with  life  in  the  San  Fernando  Valley.

Four  attractive  girls  growing  up  in  the  San  Fernando  Valley  in  the  early  1980s  have  more  than  their  fair  share  of  troubles  and  misadventures  in  this  film  by  Adrian  Lyne.  Regarded  as  a  minor  classic  for  the  way  it  captured  its  era,  it  is  a  realistic  look  at  the  lives  of  the  teenagers,  their  relationships  with  their  parents,  and  how  they  deal  with  peer  pressure.

FOXES,  director  Adrian  Lyne’s  first  feature,  is  set  in  Los  Angeles.  It  centers  on  Jeanie  ( Jodie  Foster )  and  her  teenage  friends  Annie  ( Cherie  Currie ),  Madge       ( Marilyn  Kagan )  and  Deirdre  ( Kandice  Stroh )  who  spend  more  time  with  each  other,  often  sleeping  in  Jeanie’s  bedroom,  than  they  do  with  their  own  families.  The  young  women  represent  a  wide  spectrum  of  teen  behavior:  the  outgoing  Deirdre  is  flirtatious;  the  overweight  Madge  is  shy,  and  Jeanie,  as  the  mature  caretaker  of  the  group,  is  quite  concerned  about  Annie,  whose  negative  relationship  with  her  policeman  father  tempts  her  to  self-destructive  acts.  Madge  falls  for  the  wealthy  Jay  ( Randy  Quaid )  and  when  he  leaves  town  for  a  few  days,  the  four  take  over  his  place.  They  hold  a party  but  things  get  out  of  hand.  Annie  ends  up  in  the  hospital  and  Jay  is  furious.  When  Annie  escapes  from  the  hospital,  Jeanie  sets  out  to  find  her.

In  FOXES,  Lyne  and  scriptwriter  Gerald  Ayers  explore  the  lives  of  these  girls,  their  relationships  with  their  parents,  and  how  they  deal  with  boys  and  drugs.  The  movie  is  backed  by  Giorgio  Moroder’s  score  and  features  strong  performances,  especially  by  Foster,  Currie,  Sally  Kellerman  as  Jeanie’s  mother  and  SCOTT  BAIO  as  Brad,  Jeanie’s  friend.

( http://www.cduniverse.com )

DANIEL  PEARY’S  REVIEW  OF  “FOXES”

A  bit  slick  –  at  times  it  seems  like  director  Adrian  Lyne  is  back  making  commercials  ( for  girls’  makeup,  girls’  clothes,  girls’  underwear,  girls )  –  but  a  surprisingly  touching  film  about  the  friendship  among  four  troubled  teenage  girls  ( Jodie  Foster,  Cherie  Currie,  Marilyn  Kagan  and  Kandice  Stroh )  growing  up  in  the  San  Fernando Valley.  Story  centers  on  Foster’s  concern  for  irresponsible  but  sweet  Currie  ( former  lead  singer  of  the  seminal  all-girl  rock  group  The  Runaways ),  who  seems  destined  for  a  bad  end;  and  Foster’s  attempts  to  have  a  civil  home  life  with  her  loving  but  neurotic  mother  played  by  Sally  Kellerman.  Story  falters  at  times,  but  the  characters  and  their  situations  seem  real.  Foster  is  terrific  even  when  her  lines  aren’t.  Several  scenes  she  has  with  Kellerman,  Currie,  and  excellent  SCOTT  BAIO  ( especially  their  chat  in  her  pick-up  truck ) are  memorable  and  much  more  meaningful  than  what  we’re  used  to  seeing  in  youth-oriented  films.  A  good  soundtrack.  Sleeper  was  ignored  or  laughed  at  by  many  critics.

by  Danny  Peary,  Guide  For  The  Film  Fanatic,  Simon  and  Schuster,  Inc:  1986

REDEEMING  QUALITIES  AND  MOMENTS:

Jodie  Foster  as  Jeanie  in  yet  another  mature  well-acted  early  role.

Cherie  Currie,  the  lead  singer  of  the  all-girl  band  The Runaways,  as  the  deeply  troubled  Annie.

SCOTT  BAIO  as  Brad,  the  girls’  skateboarding  male  friend.

Considered  now  A  MINOR  CULT  CLASSIC.

FOXY  TRIVIA :  The  character  of  Brad was  initially  offered  to  Buddy  Foster,  Jodie  Foster’s  real-life  brother.  However,  when  his  sister  was  finally  cast  in  the  lead  role,  the  film’s  producers  thought  it  might  be  deemed  inappropriate  for  off-screen  siblings  to  be  portraying  on-screen  love  interests.  Thus,  the  part  of  Brad was  reassigned  to  SCOTT  BAIO while  Buddy  ended  up  playing  a  different  role  in  the  movie.