Buy Now: FOXES
In 1980, Adrian Lyne directed his first feature film, and for such a feat he chose a fascinating coming-of-age drama penned by producer-turned-screenwriter Gerald Ayres. Foxes tells the absorbing story of four teenage girls indulging in the care-free decadence of the late seventies, having troubles with their boyfriends, preoccupying themselves with the question of sexuality, struggling to establish any real connection to the adults in their lives and resorting to alcohol, drugs and partying as the answer to their anxieties. Shot by Leon Bijou and the great Michael Seresin, Foxes stars Jodie Foster in the shoes of the most responsible of the bunch, with Kandice Stroh, Marilyn Kagan and Cherie Currie completing the lead quartet.
Roger Ebert praised the film’s loose structure, pointing out that its episodic nature reflects the shapeless form of the girls’ day-to-day existence, as well as the great scenes featuring Foster and her on-screen mother Sally Kellerman. Producer David Puttnam decided to give Adrian Lyne his big shot based on his previous successful collaborations with debutant directors coming from the TV commercials milieu, such as Ridley Scott and Alan Parker. Structurally meandering, with a talented cast and great writing from Ayres, Foxes remains one of the best films in the coming-of-age territory.