Not unlike her first film, TRUE LOVE, director Nancy Savoca's big-studio follow-up is more an actor's piece than a fully formed film, its subject yet another rambling contemplation of the rocky relations between the sexes. But it's also no less enjoyable and no less deeply felt.
Set during the summer of 1963, Birdlace (River Phoenix) is one of four Marine buddies, the four B's, so named for all having last names starting with the letter B. Their "mission" is to have a wild last night on the town in San Francisco before shipping out to Vietnam. The highlight is to be the
title party, for which the Marines search for the homeliest women in town to bring as dates ...