Lucas

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Released 1986

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Lucas

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Director:
David Seltzer
Released:
1986
Rating:
PG-13
Lucas is a 1986 coming-of-age film about a nerdy 14-year-old boy who falls in love with a slightly older, but far worldlier girl. Lucas Bly is a lonely boy who is constantly picked on in high school. The only person who ever sticks up for him is Cappie (Charlie Sheen), a football player who Lucas helped years ago when Cappie was sick. Lucas' life takes a turn for the better, though, when Maggie (Kerri Green) moves in next door. She is beautiful and kind, and Lucas instantly falls in love with her. Though she welcomes his friendship, Maggie has no romantic interest in Lucas. Instead, she develops feelings for Cappie, a fact that enrages Lucas. In an effort to prove to her that he is worthy of her affections, Lucas joins the football team. Too small to compete, he is badly injured and Maggie and Cappie stand vigil in the hospital while he recuperates. Lucas is a poignant reminder of the both the power and fickleness of young love.moreless

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Lucas is one of the year's best films, and although its three stars are all teenagers, I doubt if anyone of any age will give more sensitive and effective performances this year.

  • 88

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Lucas manages to be touching, sad, thoughtful, funny, and joyous - it's a nearly-perfect portrait of the incredible highs and lows that accompany the high school journey of a squar...

  • 63

    Chicago Tribune Rick Kogan

    Having carefully and sensitively drawn an interesting character and put him in an interesting place, the filmmakers start painting with their fingers and ultimately provide a very ...

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Categories

Drama, Kids, Sports

Themes

Teen, Family Dramas, Football, wine