“Scholarship here, no scholarship here. Who the hell gave you that power?”
A high school football star (Tom Cruise) hoping for a college scholarship clashes with his coach (Craig Nelson) and gets kicked off the team.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Coming of Age
- Dick Miller Films
- High School
- Mining Towns
- Tom Cruise Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
1983 was a busy year for young Tom Cruise; he starred in no less than four feature films, including Losin’ It, The Outsiders, Risky Business, and All the Right Moves, a “sadly underrated ‘youth film’ set in a poor Pennsylvania mining town.” Ostensibly about football, All the Right Moves is actually a poignant coming-of-age fable: its protagonist, Steff (Cruise), faces a life-altering challenge, and must learn to renegotiate his relationships with his girlfriend, his coach, his parents, and himself. Cruise does a fine job as Steff, but it’s Lea Thompson who truly shines here; it’s too bad her character’s story isn’t given equal weight.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Tom Cruise as the young football star itching for a ticket away from home
- Lea Thompson’s “mature and appealing” performance as Cruise’s musician girlfriend
- Craig Nelson as Cruise’s coach
No, but it’s worth watching.