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Visionquest disappointing

Visionquest, starring Matthew Modine and Linda Fiorentino, directed by Harold Becker, a Warner Brothers Picture, opening today at the Sack 57. Rated R.

If you were a high school wrestler, or like seeing lots of well-built high school guys on a mat together, then go see Visionquest. Otherwise, wait till it gets to LSC. It's not worth the money.

Why would someone want to see this movie? Perhaps you know the book, Visionquest, by Terry Davis. Having read and enjoyed it, I was certainly looking forward to the movie version.

Perhaps you like the music of Tangerine Dream, mentioned in the advertisements? But the music was predominantly Madonna and Journey.

Loudon Swain (Matthew Modine) is an 18-year-old high school wrestler who wants to move down two weight classes and wrestle against the best grappler in the state. Unfortunately, Mr. Modine looks much closer to 25 than 18, and fails to convey an aura of youth. Carla (Linda Fiorentino), plays Loudon's girlfriend, and manages to look good because of her proximity to Loudon. Actually, she's a very pretty young actress who might have a good future if she shakes off any reputation from this first movie.

This movie tries very hard to capitalize on such movies as Risky Business, All the Right Moves, and Footloose. All these films were about a high school senior trying to get into college, and attracted a large teenage following. The use of popular music, the appearence of a well known music star (Madonna), and the obligatory sex scenes will help make this movie equally profitable.

Harold Sylvester as Mr. Tanneran, Loudon's English teacher, and Daphnie Zuniga, as the editor of Loudon's high school paper were both convincing and added much to an otherwise lackluster film.

If you really enjoy high school wrestling, Madonna, or have never read the book, Visionquest you might want to see the movie. If you read Visionquest, the movie might easily wreck the experience of the book. I know. It did for me.

Andrew Gerber->