Sep 14, 2012
Here comes Jack Twiller! Plunging into the teenage
abyss, always surprising, always surprised--just like
JACK IN THE BOX
One of the Soulless Minions, Josh, goes solo once again for a commentary on the 1990 film Book of Love.
The film was adapted from a novel by William Kotzwinkle called Jack in the Box and was directed by Robert Shey--the founder and CEO of New Line Cinema.
The book cover describes Jack in the Box as An X-Rated American Graffiti... and I whole heartily agree. It is indeed quite raunchy but with that raunch comes real honesty from the dreams, exploits and the trials and tribulations of our main character--Jack Twiller.
Book of Love never got the attention it deserved during it’s initial release but now thanks to DVD this film stands today as a real hidden gem and serves as a great and charming portrait of teenage life.
Most of the commentary is devoted to comparisons between the book and film, however, I do deliver my fair share of nostalgia, personal insights and admiration.
Sync Point: The first black frame after the New Line Cinema logo has faded to black.