Hey, Watch This!: The Outsiders

Rarely do you see a book to movie adaptation done well. At least, that’s been my experience. For every Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Swedish version) there seem to be a million Alice in Wonderland (Burton’s version) or Bicentennial Man movies. Disappointing. It is because of this that I get really excited when I see an adaptation done right. Especially when it’s a book that I love as much as The Outsiders.

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PLOT

When two greasers are jumped by a group of Socs, one of the wealthy boys ends up dead. This sets off a war between the two groups that changes their lives forever.

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH

AS stated in the intro, I don’t know if I’ve seen a more faithful adaption of a book. Ever. Entire chunks of dialogue were taken straight from the page, including the opening (my favorite part).

Emilio freaking Estevez in a Micky Mouse t-shirt. Emilio has some sort of magic that makes me love him. I can’t describe it, I just know that it exists and I don’t try to fight it.

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Rob Lowe at his most beautiful. While he is still a gorgeous man today, Rob was absolutely breathtaking as Sodapop Curtis. Plus his name is Sodapop. It’s pretty awesome. Foolish, but awesome.

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Dallas Winston is a douchebag, but the kind you fall in love with and try to change. He’s ridiculously good looking with a secret heart of gold. You just know you could rescue him from a lifetime of prison stints with your love.

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C. Thomas Howell looks adorable. He’s not usually my cup of tea, but check out the puppy dog eyes. Totally adorable.

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Tom Cruise looks like this and it is hilarious. How do people find him attractive? Maybe I’ve never warmed to him because this is the first thing I remember seeing him in and he is kind of an asshat.

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But he also does this so I guess he can’t be all that bad.

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I want to be badass like Cherry. The girl has a stripper’s name but awesome attitude. She doesn’t take any of Dally’s crap, despite totally into him.

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The Curtis brothers are amazing. There is just so much love. It made me wish for older brothers more than anything in the world. Or at least a hot older stepbrother.

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Brilliant cinematography. They somehow managed to capture the entire rainbow of colors.

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It made me want to participate in a rumble when I was younger. I was always jealous that Dally just got to ram some dude’s head into a car. It was pretty badass.

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN YOU BEFORE?

C. Thomas Howell as Ponyboy Curtis

C. Thomas Howell as Ponyboy Curtis

  • Tyler in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Robert Morris in Red Dawn
Ralph Macchio as Johnny Cade

Ralph Macchio as Johnny Cade

  • Jeremy Andretti on Eight is Enough
  • Daniel LaRusso in The Karate Kid
Matt Dillon as Dallas "Dally" Winston

Matt Dillon as Dallas “Dally” Winston

  • Randy in Little Darlings
  • Rusty James in Rumble Fish
Rob Lowe as Sodapop Curtis

Rob Lowe as Sodapop Curtis

  • John Berry in Hotel New Hampshire
  • Billy Hixx in St. Elmo’s Fire
Patrick Swayze as Darrel "Darry" Curtis

Patrick Swayze as Darrel “Darry” Curtis

  • Jed Eckert in Red Dawn
  • Johnny Castle in Dirty Dancing
Emilio Estevez as Two-Bit Mathews

Emilio Estevez as Two-Bit Mathews

  • Otto Maddox in Repo Man
  • Andy Clark in The Breakfast Club
Tom Cruise as Steve Randall

Tom Cruise as Steve Randle

  • Jack O’ The Green in Legend
  • Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun
Diane Lane as Sherri "Cherry" Valance

Diane Lane as Sherri “Cherry” Valance

  • Lauren King in A Little Romance
  • Patty in Rumble Fish
Leif Garrett as Bob Sheldon

Leif Garrett as Bob Sheldon

  • Mike Pusser in Walking Tall
  • Brent Hoover in Cheerleader Camp
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One comment

  1. And this is why I have loved C. Thomas Howell for 30 years…

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