Picks and Pans Review: Born to Run
Part of the Foxonian mandate has always been to establish glossy-poster boys. At one time (remember 21 Jump Street?) Richard Grieco was going to be the next Johnny Depp. That Grieco never attained mallbait status is largely due to his choice of projects, a string of misfires that continues with this sorry TV movie in which he plays a "king of street drag racing." Saturdays, in his burned-out section of Brooklyn, Grieco's souped-up Mustang beats all comers.
No sooner is that premise established than it is dropped and Grieco spins his wheels in two vacuous subplots: rescuing his ne'er-do-well brother (Jay Acovone) and romancing a model (Shelli Lether, in a performance so wooden it should be checked for termites).
The film was directed by Albert Magnoli, who gave us Purple Rain and American Anthem, two other muddled tales of youth on a quest for salvation. For Grieco, it's merely a greasy way station on a career path to nowhere.