It was totally panned upon release, but I've viewed it many times over the years on cable and I like it. It was supposed to be Justine Bateman's breakout movie role, and was one of Julia Roberts's first movies. The blone, Britta Phillips, was the singing voice of Jem, and Trini Alvarado and out actor Scott Coffey rounded out the band in the movie. Liam Neeson was Justine's love interest in the film, but it was Julia whom he hooked up with off screen.
I know, but I wanted to post the actual video and allude to the "starring Julia" fallacy.
Love this movie and Britta!!
Sort of in the same vain, I love Blue Crush. Reminds me of the early 2000s.
Zaftig Julia didn't do much in the movie - Justine must have been pissed at promoting her as the star.
Yeah they were capitalizing on the whole Pretty Woman/Sleeping With the Enemy thing.
Yeah, she was the new it girl then.
At least they didn't do that with Mystic Pizza.
Why couldn't Justine better capitalize on this movie?
R4 Coffey was also on the "occult messages in records played in reverse"
episode of "Amazing Stories".Loved him in "Shag". Big crush on him.
Surprised to see him nude, years later, in that digital video film he did with Naomi Campbell.
Neeson and Julia must've been a hell of a hot couple back then
Julia and Liam were together?
Yep. He was the first if her on-set romances.
durr, that's Naomi Watts, not Campbell. Sorry!
R21 yes, Neeson and Julia Roberts were a couple - that's probably why she has a small role in "Michael Collins", years later.
Julia and Liam would have had beautiful children together.
Was Julia chunky in this because she was gaining for Mystic Pizza?
I loved this movie as a young kid and I think we had it on VHS so I watched it a few times. I haven't seen it in 25 years, so I can only remember a few snippets from it, but it made me want to join a rock band and play in dive bars for years.
She was just naturally chunky, R25. She didn't really slim out until "Pretty Woman".
"Julia whom he hooked up with"
When Justine calls Liam a "chump" I think it is one of the high points of cinema in the 20th Century...
Liam was at his most beautiful in this movie. Julie Roberts was one lucky bitch to have experienced the Kraken at its prime.
What was hilarious was that the characters were supposed to have just graduated from high school. Those were some haggard looking 17-year-olds.
That being said, this movie is a guilty pleasure of mine. It's just deliciously awful.
The characters were 18, not 17. Justine was 21 or 22 when they filmed it. Julia was 20 or 21. It's not like Grease or 90210 when they had people pushing 30 playing high schoolers.
Is the distinction between 17 an 18, in terms of looks, really that significant, R48? Did you suddenly become busted-looking on your 18th birthday? If so, I'm truly sorry.
Your post actually makes the movie sadder. Those were some seriously haggard teenagers played by fairly haggard 20-somethings. I would have sworn those ladies were in their 30s.
The point is that they were 2 or 3 years older than their character's age. I would say that they looked their age, not 30.
Julia and Justine did not look haggard.
Looking at this picture, I will concede on Julia. The rest of the women, however, look worn out for their actual ages, let alone as characters that are supposed to have just graduated from high school.
Julia has baby fat in her face that makes her look younger than the rest, but none of them look remotely like teenagers.
Great picture. Love Julia's hair. The extra weight looks good on Julia. Justine does not look haggard either. Britta - maybe, but she was playing a druggie. I forget the other one,
We'll have to agree to disagree, R53. With the exception of Julia, I want to tell all of those women to get a good night's sleep and to start using a moisturizer with retinol.
The entire movie was about how amazingly talented Justine's character was. Wasn't there a scene where the agents only want to sign her and not the rest of the band? To spare the band, she lies and says she said no because she didn't think it was the right move or something.
R55 - Yes. Justine stood up for the rest of the band.
LOL - yes, R55. The agent wanted to build a band around her for a European tour. Surely it was her rendition of "Knock....on WUUUUUUUUD" (hat tip to R42) and amazing cowbell skills that sealed the deal.
R55 - I think the agent just wanted to get into Justine's pants.
The other girl was Trini Alvarado, who was still youthful looking as well. Britta could sing Justine under the table, so my thing is, why on Earth did they want Jennie Lee (Justine) to sing lead more than Billie (Britta)?
Because Justine was hot. R60
" ''Hey, guys!'' That's Justine Bateman talking down and dirty as the lead singer of a female rock group called ''Mystery'' that tries to be the Bangles of the working class. There is one drug-addicted guitarist, one man-crazy guitarist, a thieving drummer and a token male keyboard player -a last-minute replacement who switches from Chopin to rock in a day. Only in Hollywood.
The members of this tough girl group might have been raised in Beverly Hills. As Jennie Lee, Ms. Bateman's singing is so distant from any human voice that the sound engineers must have been the busiest people on the film. And even though the band never plays one song from the 1980's (except a hokey ballad about leaves talking to trees, written for the movie) they get a summer-long gig at a beach resort. "
I see Trini Alvarado around the Columbus Circle area ALL the time. (She's totally a MAXXinista) She has a bunch of kids and has really embraced the stay-at-home mom role. She's not a glam NY mom however. She actually looks out of place, more like a suburban mom--dumpy, white tennis sneakers, unkempt hair in a long braid, no make-up.
Sometimes I get a little sad but she seems happy so who am I to judge.
The only time I enjoyed Justine Bateman was her guest stint on her brother's show "Arrested Development". She always came across as smug to me, even on "Family Ties".
I need to see this movie again for Liam Neeson who was absolutely gorgeous in it.
I had a huge crush on Justine when she was on Family Ties.
The AllNighter was better.
Didn't Trini A star in some god awful movie with Bette Midler. I vaguely remember it/her in that movie.
Satisfaction and Showgirls should be shown together at some theater .. What a hoot to see them with an audience.
Justine Bateman should have had Julia's career. Julia just knew who to fuck, but Justine had the talent and was the much bigger star at that time. Justine should have done Pretty Woman. Justine should have done Erin Brockovich. Justine Bateman would have won more Oscars. Justine would have fucked all the hot men and married a few. Julia can suck my dry clit!
[quote]Didn't Trini A star in some god awful movie with Bette Midler
Satisfaction and The AllNighter the double feature. yes!
Liam Neeson has said he took this role just after filming Suspect (1987), where he played a mute derelict, just to be in the sunshine around pretty girls; he admitted he still has not seen the film.