A true story based on the life of Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz), a young man born with Lionitis, who lives in Los Angeles with his mother Rusty (Cher), biker lady with a drug habit and loose morals. Although faced with his affliction, Rocky shows a remarkable character and continues with his life.
An intelligent and gifted human, his dreams are to ride a motorcycle through Europe, find a woman that loves him and see his mom kick her drug habit. Under the circumstances, I think finding the woman would be the easiest chore of the three.
Because of his immense pain, Rusty is often pushed to the limit causing her to use even more drugs. In the meantime, she flirts around with fellow biker Sam Elliott, always a cutie for an older guy.
Cher gives a decent performance in this film, fighting for her son and his rights. Outspoken and cocky, often an embarrassment, she tromps off to school to demand equal rights for Rocky. Stoltz, just a bit wistful in this movie, gives an outstanding performance. This movie is where I first caught a look at him and have enjoyed him in several movies since. His ability to convey his feelings, though covered by makeup, is further proof of his talent.
It is unfortunate that they over made the movie, relying on the sympathy vote instead of hitting the issue head on, giving the overall appearance just a bit too slick and over done. Had they stayed closer to the real truths and situations facing this woman and her son, they would have had a more believable and therefore better movie.
Stars: Cher, Sam Elliott, Eric Stoltz, Estelle Getty, Richard Dysart, Laura Dern, Harry Carey, Jr., Nick Cassavetes, and Marsha Warfield.