Picks and Pans Review: Fire with Fire

updated 05/26/1986 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/26/1986 01:00AM

The overheated fling in this film involving Virginia Madsen and Craig Sheffer does not exactly threaten Romeo and Juliet's spot in the annals of teenage romance. In terms of heartrending qualities, in fact, it ranks more with Archie and Veronica or Dobie Gillis and Zelda Gilroy. Sheffer, 25, plays an inmate of a minimum-security reform school. Madsen, 24, is an inmate of a conservative Catholic girls school nearby. One day Sheffer happens upon Madsen floating in a pond. They run into each other again the next day at a movie theater. Madsen is so smitten she persuades the nuns to hold a dance for the reform-school boys. All of that is the plausible part. As for the mausoleum lovemaking scene and the gunfight with the cops in the helicopter and the Shangri-la-like valley...Director Duncan Gibbins has done videos for the Eurythmics and Wham! If he ever did anything this tedious for them, he'd never be able to subscribe to MTV again, let alone direct for it. (PG-13)

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