Variety - 02/27/1980
"...Jodie Foster shows more talent than ever in a difficult role....Director Adrian Lyne has done excellent work in capturing the mood of a segment of today's youth..."
New York Times - 02/29/1980
"...[Foster's] performance is enough to make FOXES worth seeing....Spunk..."
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 Dierdre (Kandice Stroh), who spend more time with each other--often sleeping in Jeanie's bedroom--than they do with their families. They young women represent a spectrum of teen behavior: the outgoing Dierdre is flirtatious; the overweight Madge, 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 the girls, their relationships with their parents, and how they deal with boys, sex, 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 Annie's friend.
Four attractive girls growing up in the San Fernando Valley in the early 1980s have more than their fair share of trouble and misadventure in this film from 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, drugs, and sex.
Coming Of Age |
FOXES was the feature film debut for director Adrian Lyne, who had already had a successful career as a director of commercials.
It was also the film debuts for Cherie Currie, Marilyn Kagen, and Kandice Stroh.
Laura Dern, daughter of actors Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern, was 13 years old when she played a small role in FOXES. It was her first credited appearance. She had previous uncredited appearances in two movies in which her mother had supporting roles--WHITE LIGHTENING when Dern was six years old and ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE when she was seven.
David Putnam, the producer of FOXES, is one of Britain's most successful producers. He was head of Columbia studios in Hollywood from 1986 to 1988. Among the notable films he has produced: MIDNIGHT EXPRESS (1978), the Oscar-winning CHARIOTS OF FIRE (1981), LOCAL HERO (1983), THE KILLING FIELDS (1984), and THE MISSION (1986).
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