I can admit fully that I went into it expecting to be able to say a lot about it, but ultimately I cannot. It has a lot of romantic fodder that we're all familiar with today. This girl named Patty gets found by this guy named John who lives at a prep school and decides to take her back to his dorm, which is filled to the brim with obnoxious and stupid boys and hide her in his room. His hatred of the place is all too apparent and it turns out that Patty is actually on the run and is in hiding. Right now, as I'm typing, I'm trying to figure out how I could change this brief, half-hearted summary. I feel like what I've typed out points to such an obvious conclusion that I can't shake this notion that I may have already spoiled the film. Herein lies the underlying problem with the film. This material is way too weak for actors and filmmakers of this caliber. This is perhaps the most well made bad movie ever. This script is completely dull. It was written by the director Stacy Cockran based on a short story by the great James Salter. I'm not entirely clear on what went wrong from screenplay to conception, but whatever it was it led to one of the most disappointing films I think I've ever seen in my entire life. The biggest problem with this film has to do with how irrelevant much of what happens is. There are plot twists, plot elements, and plot devices that are used in this film that don't make the slightest bit of different toward the main romantic love affair. I'm not entirely sure why, because none of it should, but it comes across as extremely cloying and really distracting to the main plot. It makes the film really tiresome and gives it that feel that much of the screenplay was little more than an afterthought. This becomes especially apparent at the end of the film, where we witness characters acting as if they are oblivious to the nature of the world around them. Not only is the ending predictable, but its as trite as can be too.
The film is also really really confusing and extremely hard to follow. I have a lot of problems with the way the film's scenes were edited. It feels like there are key moments missing from the film that should make the atmosphere of the film click more. There are background characters who come across like they belong in a different film. The realism of the events that surround this young couple completely throws off the tone and mood of the film. Flashbacks occur that explain what happened to a character, but they are thrown into it jarringly. The mood of the film doesn't call for it. There are sex scenes thrown into it that are especially perplexing. We never really get any motivation or decision or purpose for the sex scenes, and it doesn't make sense for the characters to even be doing it. The relationship in the film between the main character and his father had some strong potential, but at the end of the film it is resolved with little to no understanding of the rest of the story. The end result is just plain awkward. I'm not entirely even sure who this film was made for. Romantics will be put off by the shoddy character motivations while realists will be disgusted by the corny love scenes. Those in-between won't find the plot easy enough to follow, and fans of more daring, artistic films will find the cliched storytelling to be pretty overbearing. The two main actors do wonderfully and the film is well shot and has some decent moments, but the bottom line is that it is an unrealistic, absurd, far-fetched, ponderous film. It is absolutely terrible. Maybe I went into it with the wrong expectations, but watching it was a complete and utter nightmare. Perhaps I will give it a re-watch, because the chemistry was, at the very least, there. Right now, however, I find it to be a tremendously frustrating failure.