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The Wild Life

Plot

Eighties teen romp involving Bill and his new apartment, Jim and his rebellious antics, Tom and his crazy self, and Anita with her older man David.

Release Year: 1984

Rating: 5.5/10 (1,123 voted)

Director:
Art Linson

Stars: Chris Penn, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Eric Stoltz

Storyline
Eighties teen romp involving Bill and his new apartment, Jim and his rebellious antics, Tom and his crazy self, and Anita with her older man David.

Cast:

Chris Penn

Tom Drake

(as Christopher Penn)


Ilan Mitchell-Smith

Jim Conrad


Eric Stoltz

Bill Conrad


Jenny Wright

Eileen


Lea Thompson

Anita


Brin Berliner

Tony


Rick Moranis

Harry


Hart Bochner

David Curtiss


Susan Rinell

Donna

(as Susan Blackstone)


Cari Anne Warder

Julie


Robert Ridgely

Craig Davis


Jack Kehoe

Mr. Parker


Simone White

Brenda

(as Jennifer White)


Beth McKinley

Robin


Michael Bowen

Vince

Taglines:
It's casual.

Release Date: 28 September 1984

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $4,001,000
(USA)
(30 September 1984)
(1140 Screens)

Gross: $11,020,375
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

The cable installer is played by Lee Ving, front man of the punk rock band Fear.

Goofs:

Continuity:
During the scene where Jim has the music up too loud, Bill comes in and it appears that he yanks the plug out. After he leaves, Jim turns it back on by hitting play, not by putting the plug back in.

Quotes:

[repeated line]

Tom Drake:
It's casual.



User Review

Thomas Drake really could be Jeff Spicolli's brother!

Rating: 9/10

Straight up, I love this film. I love everything about it. It has a
great
soundtrack, it has a lot of recognizable faces and it is funny as hell.
There are so many plots in this film and every one of them is funny in one
way or another.

Where as Spicolli lit up the screen two years back, Drake is almost as
memorable of a character. All he wants to do is have fun. He moves out
of
the house without his parent's consent, he skips work whenever he feels
like
it, he is obsessed with sex, he loves his drugs and booze and he tries to
be
a good friend. It is his lacksidaisical attitude that makes him such a
joy
to watch. And he comes out with some great lines. And there are so many
tiny observations that you don't see coming but they make you laugh at the
sheer velocity when it hits you. One particular moment is when Tommy and
Bill are talking about Bill's ex girlfriend dating someone else now. At
the
end of the conversation, Tommy takes his huge beer bottle and just throws
it
over his shoulder, casually. He then says good night and the scene ends.
It is a perfect scene. Tommy's world is his own. He really lives to
party
and have fun. When the conversation is over, his time is over and he
doesn't care who he offends in the process. He has an innocence about
him.
"It's casual" is his favourite saying.

Another such classic scene is Reggie handing Bill a donut. He says
something to him that me and my friends will never forget because we
rewound
the film ten times and watched that part over and over again and hurt
ourselves laughing. It has to be seen to be appreciated.

Wild Life is a throw back to when teen comedies were funny, raunchy, had a
good ear, entertained us and just wanted us to get lost in their world for
90 minutes. Wild Life does all those things perfectly. If this is a film
that you haven't seen, give it a chance. It is a classic.

Also check out the army store guy that Jim has problems with. He is a
very
familiar face now and it is his first role on the big screen.