R Dir: Sean S. Cunningham | Mill Creek | 1h 50min
Plot: What’s it about?
I love coming across titles such as The New Kids that I somehow missed seeing all this time. Lori Loughlin is one of the main stars and most certainly most people have heard her name recently with the college admissions scandal. When I requested this film, the cover intrigued me enough, but I admit that I didn’t read too much of the premise. The case mentions this being from the Director of Friday the 13th, so naturally I expected some type of horror flick. While there are certain elements, it’s hard exactly to classify this film in one specific genre. I suppose my discussing of the plot will let readers conclude for themselves just what to expect. I was certainly entertained by it, but after a point, I did start to wonder just what the film had it store for its viewers. Let’s read on, shall we?
When Abby Williams (Lori Loughlin) and her brother Loren lose both their parents in a car crash, they’re forced to move in with their uncle in Florida. He owns a gas station and small amusement park and they help out when they can. Things are looking hopeful as they make new friends at school and keep themselves busy. Trouble, however, isn’t far away as they encounter Eddie Dutra (James Spader) and his gang of bullies. They key their Uncle’s classic car and constantly bully Abby and Loren. This is largely because Abby declines all their advances and when Eddie and his friends continue to ask her out. Abby becomes friends with Mark (Eric Stoltz in a somewhat wasted role) as he even helps her with her schoolwork. Meanwhile, Loren begins dating the sheriff’s daughter. All would be well if not for the bullies.
As I mentioned, I enjoyed The New Kids even if I did wonder after a while just where the film was headed. Admittedly, there is a bit of repetition in the latter half as the bullying antics do wear off after a while. Things gets heated as Eddie kidnaps Abby at the dance, and all bets are off. The film isn’t particularly frightening, though there are some tense scenes. Still, it kept me with it overall and maintained my interest. There’s even a subtle hint at a possible sequel, which I’m unsure as of this writing if one ever materialized. I wouldn’t call this some hidden gem, but it’s a decent way to kill some 90 minutes.
Video: How’s it look?
The 1.85:1 transfer is more than passable. While the film itself isn’t overly flashy, I noticed few problems with the image here. It was always pleasing to the eyes and seems to have been cleaned up nicely. Details were fine and I didn’t notice any blatant traces of grain. Fans should be pleased.
Audio: How’s it sound?
We get a DTS HD track that also serves the film well. I was expecting a 2.0 track to feel more restricted, but it never did. Instead, it gave us clear vocals and kept me engaged. The louder moments were certainly involving. All things told, this transfer proves satisfying.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc contains no supplemental material.
The Bottom Line
I didn’t exactly have clear expectations for The New Kids, but it did entertain me. I will say that the plot is pretty basic and offers few surprises, which do cripple it by becoming repetitive, but it held my interest. I recommend checking it out. If you feel you should own it, then Millcreek’s disc at least presents it nicely. There are zero supplements, but it is currently very affordable, so that should sweeten the deal.