Picks and Pans Review: Foxes

updated 04/07/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/07/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

The camera pans slowly across the cluttered room. Four teenage girls lie sleeping, alluring yet innocent. Shot in extremely soft focus, this dreamlike opening image is visually entrancing. The trouble is that the photography is not the only fuzzy aspect in this ambitious but aimless movie about growing up circa 1980. A much more serious film than Little Darlings, it creates a frighteningly realistic universe of broken homes, booze, drugs and sex. Unfortunately the story has about as much direction as its characters, skipping nervously from rock concerts to bad trips to loss of virginity. First-time director Adrian Lyne might have made the California version of Breaking Away, but his film is marred by soap-opera situations. Sally Kellerman plays a bitchy mom and sweet Scott Baio skateboards in and out of the screenplay, but the real star is Jodie Foster. At 17, she is no longer the wisecracking kid from Taxi Driver, but an intelligent, bordering-on-beautiful actress. (R)

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