Square Dance (1987)
The young and beautiful Winona Ryder and Rob Lowe are honing their acting skills in this slow and unremarkable coming-of-age film directed by old-timer Donald Petrie. The film has a gentle tone which may have been effective had the script been a little less melodramatic and had a little more purpose. There is little to learn and not enough emotion as Ryder runs away from her grandfather's home in order to get to know her estranged mother in the city. The thematics are too lenient to really interest. Lowe was nominated for a Golden Globe for his heartfelt, but standardized performance as a mentally retarded boy. It's an obvious critics favourite role, even if Lowe did much better work prior to this one.