Tuff Turf | Chicago Reader

Tuff Turf

Pretty much a straight cop from Rebel Without a Cause, with a new kid in town (James Spader) raising the ire of the local street gang when he takes a fancy to the leader's girl (Kim Richards). About the only new element is the blatant class bias of the screenplay (the smugly middle-class hero rescues the ethnic, working-class heroine from an unspeakably sordid existence, introducing her to the joys of crab meat and white wine); long gone are the days when teen movies instinctively identified with the underdog. But this, in any case, is a limp, uncertain effort, saddled with vague characterizations and derivative action scenes. With Paul Mones, Matt Clark, and Claudette Nevins; Fritz Kiersch (Children of the Corn) directed.

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