Picks and Pans Review: Times Square

updated 11/17/1980 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/17/1980 01:00AM

"Presenter" Robert Stigwood may have figured he could use this low-budget, new wave rock musical to sell soundtrack albums a la Saturday Night Fever. And he may indeed, with a two-record set that features Joe Jackson, the Talking Heads, Patti Smith, the Ramones et al. But the album won't sell on the strength of this implausible picture. Trini Alvarado (a 13-year-old who starred in Rich Kids) decides to run off with a juvenile delinquent girlfriend (newcomer Robin Johnson), chucking private schools and servants for a home on an abandoned pier and a job in a grubby Times Square disco. Tim (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) Curry is funny as a flaky deejay whose listeners establish the girls as minor new wave stars. As the Sleaze Sisters, they advertise by dropping TV sets from high-rises. Curry makes things interesting, but most of the script by Jacob Brackman, a composer who co-wrote Carly Simon's Haven't Got Time for the Pain, is silly. (R)

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