St. Elmo's Fire (1985)

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A group of friends graduate from the halls of Georgetown University into lives that revolve around sex and career aspirations. Kirby waits tables to pay for law school. His roommate Kevin struggles at a D.C. newspaper as he searches for the meaning of love. Jules, an object of adoration and envy, but secretly she has problems of her own. Demure Wendy is in love with Billy—a loveable sax player and an irresponsible drunk. Alec wants it all: a career in politics and the appearance of a traditional home life. Alec’s girlfriend, Leslie, is an ambitious architect who doesn't know about his infidelity, but his new allegiance to the Republican Party is already enough to put her off marriage.

"St. Elmo's Fire" is an American coming-of-age movie that was released in 1985. The film, directed by Joel Schumacher, stars a young ensemble cast of actors who would later be known as the "Brat Load". Notable members of this group consist of Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, and Mare Winningham.

The story in "St. Elmo's Fire" focuses on a group of 7 current graduates from Georgetown University and their struggles to adjust to the real world after university life. They face varied issues associated with love, identity, and profession courses while venturing to preserve their relationship.

Billy, played by Rob Lowe, is a charismatic frat kid who resists maturity and battles with his obligations, consisting of a spouse and child. Judd Nelson represents Alec, an enthusiastic political geek dating Leslie, a budding designer played by Ally Sheedy. Their seemingly strong relationship becomes tumultuous when Alec pressures Leslie for marriage and their distinctions surface area.

Estevez plays the infatuated Kirby, a law student who obsesses over an old flame, Dale, a med student who hardly remembers him. Wendy, represented by Winningham, is an insecure social employee in love with Billy. Kevin, played by McCarthy, is a disillusioned writer covertly in love with Leslie, while Jules, a played by Demi Moore, is an obvious celebration woman who falls under monetary issues and becomes a metaphor for the group's difficulties.

Amid rows, celebrations, unrequited loves, and other significant moments, the group's friendships are evaluated. However, a crisis involving Jules brings them together, and they understand the value and intricacy of their bond. It's not up until they save Jules from potentially freezing to death in her own apartment or condo, after a mental breakdown, that they truly show the power of their unity.

The film ends on an ambivalent note. The group members all gathered at St. Elmo's Bar, an integral location throughout the movie, questioning whether they can remain pals now that they're growing apart. The film concludes without providing a conclusive response, symbolizing the uncertainties and complexities of adult life and relationships.

"St. Elmo's Fire" resonated with the young viewers of its time, representative of the tangled and difficult transition post-college graduation, where relationships develop, and grownups are having a hard time to discover their direction and function. While the movie received blended reviews from critics, frequently slammed for its unlikable characters and dull script, it remains a pop-culture recommendation for its reflection of 1980s sentiment and its strong ensemble cast. It's a standing symbol of the "Brat Pack" era and acts as a touchstone to a specific cultural moment of American movie theater.

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