Fresh Horses (1988)

Fresh Horses (1988)

Taglines: Love doesn’t have to last a lifetime.

Cincinnati college senior Matt Larkin (Andrew McCarthy) seems to have a picture perfect life: he is well-liked at his mid-western college, that he is soon to graduate, fiancée, friends, parties and good times. But when Matt meets Jewel (Molly Ringwald), his carefully constructed house of cards falls apart and changes him forever.

Matt’s content with his very proper fiancée and his safe life, so when his best friend Tipton (Ben Stiller) relates a story of a night spent in a rough country house filled with seedy characters, beer, music and women, Matt initially scoffs at the idea of visiting. However, as he ponders his imminent marriage, he decides to check it out – no harm done, just a little fun before life gets serious.

The two drive out to the house, in the “boonies”, expecting a wild party, however, when they arrive, they find only the aftermath of a debaucherous night—cigarette butts and bottles strewn everywhere, a bluesy ZZ Top tune on the stereo, a solitary biker playing pool and a woman’s muffled giggle coming from upstairs. Disappointed, Matt goes to fetch a beer for Tipton and in doing so, in the kitchen, meets Jewel.

Fresh Horses (1988)

Jewel is all mystery and trailer park at the same time. She’s a poor Kentucky girl, obviously grown up uneducated, yet Matt is instantly drawn to her. He returns to seek her out and the attraction they share is obvious. Despite their social differences, Matt is completely infatuated.

His life soon does a 180. He breaks off his engagement, sneaks out at night and stops seeing his friends. However Matt is yet to figure out who exactly Jewel is and discover the secrets she is hiding (including an abusive husband and stepfather, the shady people that hang around the house, as well as the fact she is underage).

Fresh Horses is a 1988 American coming of age drama film directed by David Anspaugh, and starring Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Patti D’Arbanville, Ben Stiller, Leon Russom, Molly Hagan, Viggo Mortensen, Rachel Jones, Marita Geraghty and Chiara Peacock.

Fresh Horses Movie Poster (1988)

Fresh Horses (1988)

Directed by: David Anspaugh
Starring: Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Patti D’Arbanville, Ben Stiller, Leon Russom, Molly Hagan, Viggo Mortensen, Rachel Jones, Marita Geraghty, Chiara Peacock
Screenplay by: Larry Ketron
Production Design by: Paul Sylbert
Cinematography by: Fred Murphy
Film Editing by: David Rosenbloom
Costume Design by: Colleen Atwood
Set Decoration by: Kenneth Turek
Music by: David Foster, Patrick Williams
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: November 18, 1988