Rushin Rice-a standout on the basketball team--is the only son of an irresponsible mom (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who has a successful interior decorating shop in the Bronx. Likable and popular, Rushin has never had an emotional connection with his mom until a typical day of high school football at the tender age of 17. When he loses his eyesight late in the game, though, his vision returns and he realizes that his mom has a cheat sheet to aid his passing, giving him a strong motivation to want to carry on his dad's business. He eventually joins Rushin's dad's business with his friend Chuck (Balthazar Getty). His two closest high school friends Eddie (Ben Affleck) and Claire (Rosie O'Donnell) still hang out with their buddy Jessie.
Hughes had no previous experience as a writer or director, but made a doozy out of this tough, gritty tale of cross-country adventures and the roller-coaster ride that is adolescence. The plot revolves around a group of losers from the wrong side of the tracks, whose different talents, motivations and personalities pave the way for some solid (and colorful) sociology. Affleck is often sighted doing his best De Niro (in Raging Bull) impression behind the camera, and Hughes conceptualized the character of Bender as the perfect combination of intellectual and athletic.
All in all, the film was panned by critics upon its initial release, but over the years its cult following grew, because the chemistry between Hughes's cast and their characters, the insipid plot, which is about 90 percent ad libbed, the hysterical music, the quotable "lines" and of course the underrated Matt Dillon turn as the bus driver who doubles as the wacko boss of the rival high school. The film was revisited and remade in 2000, with the same cast, and again in 2010, with a younger cast. This time around the film received glowing reviews. d2c66b5586