Movie A Day #120: Teenage Bonnie and Klepto Clyde (1993, directed by John Shipperd)

Scott Wolf plays Clyde, a nerdy high school student who has a go-nowhere job at a burger place.  Maureen Flannigan, best known for starring in Out Of This World, is Bonnie, who likes to steal stuff and have fun.  Unfortunately, Bonnie’s father (played by Tom Bower) is not an avuncular alien who sounds like Burt Reynolds.  Instead, he’s the extremely strict and controlling police commissioner of their hometown.  Clyde like Bonnie but Bonnie wants nothing to do with him.  It’s not until Clyde spies Bonnie shoplifting in a record store that he realizes that larceny is the key to her heat.  When Clyde steals a van and Bonnie steals her father’s guns, the two of them head for Mexico, robbing banks, shooting guns, making love (which, judging from the comments I have found online, is the main reason the film found an audience once it started showing up on HBO) and becoming media celebrities along the way.

An attempt to do a teenage version of Bonnie and Clyde, Teenage Bonnie and Klepto Clyde predates Natural Born Killers by a year with its critique of the public’s fascination with sex and violence.  While the film was hurt by its low-budget, both Maureen Flannigan and Scott Wolf were ideally cast as the young lovers and the entire movie is a hundred times better than anyone would ever expect something called Teenage Bonnie and Klepto Clyde to be.  After being typecast of Out of this World‘s wholesome Evie, Maureen Flannigan tried to change her image with this violent film.  Unfortunately, the movie ended up exiled to late night showings on HBO where it guaranteed that kids like me would never look at reruns of Out of This World the same way ever again.

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