Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sooner Or Later (1979)



Having been Directed by Bruce Hart (his sole directorial credit) and written by himself and his wife Carole (both responsible for writing the original Sesame Street series on PBS!) You wouldn't think the Television movie SOONER OR LATER would be more than a standard issue Teen coming of age movie of the week. Instead what you might find is an unflinching and personal look inside of this girls' world and her first love with someone a lot older than herself. The movie dares not to moralize this situation and is rather sympathetic to her plight.

A lot of us felt we were more mature than we actually were in those awkward teenage years, and to find a movie that captures that so well is pretty rare. Plus, as a bonus gift, you get the cheesy yet catchy music stylings of the time. And for the ladies, music heartthrob Rex Smith sporting some of the tightest fitting clothing ever produced in the 1970s. And did he ever button his shirt up?

6 comments:

Amanda By Night said...

I Love Sooner or Later. I agree, it's very well done and really captures that "feeling" of teen-dom in a way few films really ever have.

And Rex Smith - fuggedaboudit! Hawt!

Oh, I wrote a reveiw of this too! Here's my shameless self-promotion link:

http://amandabynight.livejournal.com/1071.html

Meep Parker said...

Excellent Review, Amanda! I feel the same exact way about this film. It's kind of surprising, and something that probably wouldn't be duplicated because our culture is oh-so-cynical these days.

jm-kaye said...

I could kill my parents for not letting me watch more TV in 1979. How the hell did I miss this?

Cesar Fernandez D said...

I think there are so many reasons why I love this movie. I think the biggest attraction for me, age. It has that kind of after school special meets feature film look to it. Even though it is sooo cheesy and pop culture like, there is something real about it. The acting is soo down the the core real. I something I really miss with todays "teen" films. The way in which Jessie acts is soo the 13 yr old being the 17 yr old.I remember watching this movie when I was 13, and now that I am older, for some reason I just HAD to have this movie on DVD. I am not sure what in gods name made me think I needed to have this movie in my collection, but after watching it again for the 15th million time, I REMEMBER. It is cute and cheesy and has a really good message.<a href="http://miginecologoonline.com/" rel="follow”>consulta con ginecologo</a> <a href="http://onlineconsulta.com/" rel="follow”>consulta con consulta</a> <a href="http://medicoporinternet.com/" rel="follow”>consulta con medico</a> <a href="http://elpediatraonline.com/" rel="follow”>consulta con pediatra</a> <a href="http://unmedicoonline.com/" rel="follow”>consulta con medico</a> <a href="http://doctorporinternet.com/" rel="follow”>consulta con doctor</a> <a href="http://midermatologoonline.com/" rel="follow”>consulta con dermatologo</a> <a href="http://miveterinarioonline.com/" rel="follow”>consulta con veterinario</a> <a href="http://veterinarioporinternet.com/" rel="follow”>consulta con veterinario</a> <a href="http://consultspecialists.net/" rel="follow”>consult with doctor</a> <a href="http://consultaespecialistas.com/" rel="follow”>consulta</a> <a href="http://losabogadosonline.es/" rel="follow”>consulta con abogado</a> <a href="http://abogadoscolombiaonline.com/" rel="follow”>consulta con abogado</a> <a href="http://abogadosmexicoonline.com/" rel="follow”>consulta con abogado</a> <a href="http://abogadosespaña.com/" rel="follow”>consulta con abogado</a> <a href="http://unabogadoonline.com/" rel="follow”>consulta con abogado</a> <a href="http://elpsicologoonline.com/" rel="follow”>consulta con psicologo</a> <a href="http://eldoctoronline.com/" rel="follow”>consulta con doctor</a> <a href="http://mipsicologoporinternet.com/" rel="follow”>consulta con psicologo</a> <a href="http://miabogadoporinternet.com/" rel="follow”>consulta con abogado</a> <a href="http://consultas-de-nuestros-usuarios-consultaespecialistas.com/" rel="follow”>consulta con abogado</a> I am sure there are guys who can relate but the trilogy of books and the movie just go hand and hand with us girls when we were teens! I just some how got it and understood exactly what Jessie was going through, and I saw it 10 years after it came out! There is no way to really explain this movie, other than, if you can hang with the kind of raw quality and can get passed the 70s look, okay and maybe the music, deep down it is a really great movie to watch on a Sunday afternoon.

Maria Maria said...

Saw this movie on re-run just once, when I was about 13, in 1980. It completely matched my teenaged fantasies of sweet, gentle, interesting — and let's face it — hot — "older" guys. Just ordered it from CD Universe about a month ago, and have given it about four whirls in the two weeks since. As somebody mentioned — I'm haunted by it. As somebody else mentioned — I think it's part of a midlife crisis as well! Being 39 and realizing how much has changed since those simpler '70s times when girls of 13 actually did take buses and go to malls together and had a lot more freedom away from the confines of modern suburbia makes me sad for my daughter — who is nearly 13 herself. Thirteen back then was in many ways a lot more grown up.

The film is definitely '70s but not in a super-dated cheesy way, in fact the outfits Denise Miller as Jessie wears could be current now! You know what they say, everything that goes around... although the short-short jogging shorts worn by Rex with the to-the-knees sweat socks probably won't make a comeback. medico en linea doctor en linea psicólogo en linea veterinario en linea abogado en linea abogado España abogado chile abogado costa rica psiquiatra en linea mecanico en lineaThe subject matter is handled in a very sensitive way and the characters are treated with a lot of respect. It's not the most chatty movie going — I often wished for more to be said between Jessie and Michael that would cement why he was also attracted to her. But the acting is solid, the movie is sweet and atmospheric, and the fringe characters give great performances. Mary Beth Manning as Jessie's friend Caroline is a total hoot — I think we all had friends like her. Maia Danziger as the relentless flirt with Michael gives a wiggy, stoned-out performance that just makes you laugh — because we also all knew girls that acted like that.

TruthTeller63 said...

1) I'm more than a little sick of seeing the term "cheesy" being applied to quality television & movies -- especially those made in the 70s & 80s. Compared to the excrement that passes for entertainment now, even the mediocre programs of that period are masterpieces. (*Note - I'm not insulting anyone who left a review. Other than that silly term, I agree with the comments completely.)

2) Rex Smith didn't wear "short-shorts" -- they were simply "shorts." (The last two decades of seeing "men" wear bloomers/capri pants/knee knockers/culottes/Little Lord Fauntleroy knee britches has, unfortunately, altered people's perceptions -- and not in a good way.) It would be nice if "shorts" did make a comeback - I'm really tired of seeing walking tampons.

3) This was a fantastic movie.

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