With their father dead and their mother busy trying to land a steady beau, pretty teen Billy Jean Davy (Helen Slater) and her younger brother, Binx (Christian Slater), spend their time riding Binx’s moped and dreaming of life in Vermont — several climate zones away from the humid, omnipresent heat of their Texas town. One day, on their way from their trailer park home to a swimming hole, the Davy kids run afoul of rich boy Hubie Pyatt (Barry Tubb) and his cronies, who steal — and later trash — the scooter Binx bought with his father’s paltry life insurance benefits. Demanding payment from Hubie and his merchant dad (Richard Bradford) for the damage that’s been inflicted on both the bike and her brother’s face, Billie Jean narrowly escapes being raped by the elder Pyatt. In the ensuing scuffle, Binx accidentally shoots Mr. Pyatt, sending himself, Billie Jean, and their friends, Ophelia (Martha Gehman) and Putter (Yeardley Smith), on the lam. When the “Billie Jean Gang” becomes a media sensation, Pyatt capitalizes on their notoriety by selling T-shirts and bric-a-brac, while policeman Ringwald (Peter Coyote), who feels guilty for having refused to help Billie Jean, tries to bring the kids in without anyone getting hurt. However, when the gang mock-kidnaps rich amateur filmmaker Lloyd (Keith Gordon), unaware that he’s the district attorney’s son, the situation spins out of control. Soon, Lloyd’s videotape of the suddenly crop-topped, Joan of Arc-emulating, eminently telegenic Billie Jean elevates a local headline into a national sensation, and even Lloyd’s attraction to Billie Jean can’t protect her from the media lightning rod she’s become…

I never saw “The Legend Of Billie Jean” back in the 80´s but I do remember the cover of the VHS cassette. The storyline is as current as ever, with sexual harassment and bullying as the centre piece. Something we hear about almost everyday nowadays. And the will to be free and able to live life without being harassed as a woman for being a woman. Yes, it´s done with a way too campy 80s comedy style that feels outdated today, but the serious topics still comes out in the movie. Helen Slater fits the role of the unlikely heroine and a strong young woman fighting for justice. And my god how beautiful she was in 1985! Dreamy to use an 80s word. This was Christian Slater´s movie debut, but he does a good job and you can already see here that he would go far in Hollywood. Great title song in Pat Benatar´s “Invincible”. As said campy, but I enjoyed “The Legend Of Billie Jean” and this movie deserves a second chance today. (3 out of 5)

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