IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES
1984, Paramount, 113 min, USA, Dir: Charles Shyer

Caught between her movie director father (Ryan O'Neal) and writer mother (Shelley Long), both of whom are more focused on career than family, Drew Barrymore tries to divorce her parents in this underrated comedic gem. Both Long and Barrymore earned Golden Globe nominations for their performances, and the flashback-driven script, penned by the PRIVATE BENJAMIN team of Charles Shyer and Nancy Meyers, offers a perceptive take on Hollywood as well as an affecting look at stressful relationships. With Sharon Stone. “One of the funnier and more intelligent movies of 1984. … This movie has been written with so much wit and imagination that even obligatory scenes have a certain freshness and style.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.


FIRESTARTER
1984, Park Circus, 114 min, USA, Dir: Mark L. Lester

After rocketing to fame in E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, pre-teen Drew Barrymore was tapped for the lead in this Stephen King adaptation. She plays Charlene “Charlie” McGee, a girl with pyrokinetic powers that government agency “The Shop” is eager to harness; her father (David Keith) also has psychic abilities, which he uses to protect his daughter from Shop agents. Sharing the screen with fiery special effects is a top-notch cast - including George C. Scott, Martin Sheen, Louise Fletcher, Art Carney and Heather Locklear - and an electronic score by Tangerine Dream.


CAT’S EYE
1985, Warner Bros., 94 min, USA, Dir: Lewis Teague

Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Alan King and Robert Hays star in this three-part anthology of Stephen King short stories connected by a stray cat that wanders through each tale. Chain smoker Morrison (Woods) joins a stop-smoking group run by sadistic Dr. Monatti (Alan King). A gambler named Cressner (Kenneth McMillan) makes a bet with his wife's lover. And a young girl (Barrymore) is terrorized by a tiny troll.


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