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Summer Movies : What Films Will Make The Grade With Teen-agers?

May 19, 1985|JOHN HORN and ALEX RAKSIN

What movies are teen-agers likely to spend their money on this summer?

To find out, Calendar invited eight Los Angeles-area high school journalists to The Times to talk about movies. The students--admittedly a cut above the typical high-school party animal--were selected from more than 100 public high schools.

After seeing previews of 11 major summer films, and looking over production notes, press kits, etc., the eight were asked for their comments, which follow. (The average grade is based on their reactions to the promotional material).

'A VIEW TO A KILL': B- \o7 Although the group didn't swallow the promotional trailer ushering in, once again, "The biggest and best Bond yet," six of the eight said they would see the latest adventure. Yet while the women in this Bond feature won plaudits from the male critics, Roger Moore only drew Christy's mumbled response, "I'm not particularly attracted to him."

Michael: The only way I'd go see it is if my friends and I decide to go ahead and party one night and camp on the whole movie. We've done it before--I'm sure everybody has. You just go in for a few laughs, eat your popcorn and say, "Can you believe we actually paid for this?"

Chris: I like it because Bond's the fantasy male--he has all the women, money and adventure he wants, and it seems just great every time. I wouldn't miss it.

Ted: I'll definitely see it. With the Bond films, you know if you walk in you'll have a great time. You may have seen it before, but it's a lot of fun. You know Moore is not as good as Connery, so he comes off as really funny. The new Bond films are even more enjoyable than the older ones. It's at the point now where it's a satire, and that's good because you can't take something seriously for 23 years.

Christy: I wouldn't want to pay for it. I'd wait the two years it would take for the film to get on TV.

Cathy: I wouldn't see it. Roger Moore is a ladies' man to the extreme--a nobleman who's doing this for fun, as a joke that never seems to stop. It's not even making fun of the film anymore.

Karolyn: I can't believe it when Roger Moore goes in the hot tub and says, "We haven't met," and they kiss--it's too corny.

'MAD MAX: BEYOND THUNDERDOME': C+ The three die-hard "Road Warrior" fans pledged to run out and see this sequel, in which Mel Gibson discovers a pack of kids living in a crack in the Earth after a nuclear war. The others, however, were turned off by the film's violence.

Matt: Most sequels, save the two after "Star Trek," are awful, but I think the "Road Warrior" outdid "Mad Max." This one looks great too. "Road Warrior" was the best picture of 1982. I could write a book on it. Plus it's co-written by George Miller, and Tina Turner also looks dynamic on the screen. I'm speechless.

Michael: The violence is essential to this movie because we don't know exactly what will happen if we have World War III. There are all these possible ideas, and since I'm interested in science-fiction sagas, I'll probably go see it.

Cathy: Mel Gibson was left in the middle of the desert in "Road Warrior," so I always wanted to know what happened. But I don't feel any great desire to rush out and see it, besides being curious over the last episode.

Chris: I wouldn't see it. I'm tired of the post-war idea. Besides, it has bad music.

John: It doesn't excite me in the least. Tina Turner's just a rock star trying to pretend to be an actress, and it's just the same story: Good vs. Evil in the future with a lot of special effects. Two people with names doesn't make a film.

'THE GOONIES': B Based on the trailer, some thought this Steven Spielberg presentation realistic for its portrayal of young kids while others insisted it was unrealistic because of "an unlikely plot." All, however, found director Richard Donner's adventure about seven kids who find a map to a lost treasure to be engaging.

Michael: I liked the fantasy and special effects. Best of all is the idea of friends being in something together, a group of underdogs getting in trouble or getting even.

Christy: I'd definitely go see it. It was really cute and had good action and suspense. It sort of reminds me of "The Little Rascals," with all of the friendships and little adventures. It'll be a great summer film, and it's Spielberg.

Matt: I think it's an interesting escapist film. I hope people don't get down on the plot, though, because the title seems to me to be misleading, clashing with "Ghoulies" and "Gremlins," which are both awful.

John: It's fairly unrealistic. I don't know many kids who have adventures like they do, and it looks like a rehash of things I've sat through one million times before on TV. But I'll probably go see it because I end up going to see everything.

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