Tamra Davis's compelling first feature prefigured a wave of murderous-lovers-on-the-run indie movies in the 1990s; it also reinvigorated Drew Barrymore's career and legitimized her talents as a serious and mature actress.
Anita (Drew Barrymore), a poor, naive high-schooler, gratifies any guy who comes on to her, including her absent mother's drunken boyfriend, Rooney (Joe Dallesandro), with whom she lives in a trailer. When Anita becomes a pen pal to imprisoned murderer Howard (James LeGros), she falls in love with
him. Howard's insistence that his dream woman love guns as much as he does inspires her to take up target shooting with Rooney's gun. Howard becomes ...