There Goes My Baby

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"It was a summer they would never forget."
  • R
  • 1994
  • 1 hr 39 min
  • 6.3  (1,140)

There Goes My Baby, a 1994 film set in Los Angeles, depicts the coming of age era of six high school students on the brink of change as they graduate and enter adulthood. The film features a talented ensemble cast that includes Dermot Mulroney, Ricky Schroder, Kelli Williams, Noah Wyle, and Jill Schoelen, among others. The film is directed by Floyd Mutrux, who co-wrote the screenplay with producer Richard Martini, and remained a relatively unknown movie despite its star-studded lineup. However, the film presents a charming tale of growing up surrounded by the voice of the legendary rock and roller, Chuck Berry's music.

The story is set in 1965 just as a small group of friends realize their high school years are coming to an end. A feeling of nostalgia and regret fills their hearts as they reminisce about how life was before they were burdened with adult responsibilities. Tony (Dermot Mulroney) is the leader of the group and the most promising football player in the senior year. There is Karen (Kelli Williams), Tony's girlfriend, who is practical-minded and ambitious. James (Ricky Schroeder) is Tony's best friend, who is a talented musician and composes his own songs. Lenny (Steve Zurk) has a quick sense of humor and is, at times, a bit offensive. BM (Matthew Labyorteaux) is the tech-savvy member of the group, and finally, Stick (Jill Schoelen) is the only girl in the group, who continually struggles with her feelings of never belonging.

Tony's dream is to go to college on a football scholarship, although he knows it could be a long shot. He is confident of winning the state championship, which is only a few weeks away, and impressing the college scouts. Karen, on the other hand, is more concerned with her academic accomplishments and her chances of going to a prestigious college. She tries to persuade Tony to increase his studying and academic grades, which frustrates him as he feels confident about the football scholarship.

The group is preparing for their last dance, which marks the end of their high school days. Before the dance, they plan one last party to celebrate their achievements and to commemorate their friendships. The remainder of the movie is a poignant and nostalgic look at their lives as they move on to whatever the future holds for them. The group sees all the changes in their environment, from a new Mexican family's arrival to the civil rights movement to a run-in with the town bully.

Throughout the movie, Chuck Berry's music is an ever-present feature that draws them together, giving a rhythm to their lives. The scene featuring the song, "Maybellene," in which they all dance together in the car park, is a highlight of the film. Another standout sequence is the song's "Johnny B. Goode" rendition, with James powerfully singing the iconic tune while playing his guitar.

There Goes My Baby tells a nostalgic and sentimental story that effectively recreates the look, feel, and sounds of the 1960s. Its portrayal of a group of high school students at the cusp of adulthood is both touching and inspiring, while its fantastic choice of music and attention to detail keeps the audience engaged throughout. The all-star ensemble cast is aptly framed and skillfully portrayed, making the film a significant landmark for its time.

Overall, There Goes My Baby presents a story full of heart and soul, evoking a sense of both the joys and hardships of growing up. With its excellent soundtrack and talented cast of actors, it remains an underrated and poignant film about moving into adulthood.

There Goes My Baby is a 1994 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 39 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3.

There Goes My Baby
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    1 hr 39 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.3  (1,140)