A preadolescent buddy movie that packs an emotional wallop, THE CURE is set in rural Minnesota, the plot centering on the friendship between two 11-year-old boys.
A southern-accented new arrival, Erik (Brad Renfro) is tormented by his schoolmates. Even so, when Dexter (Joseph Mazzello), "the AIDS boy," moves next door, Erik shares in his schoolmates' fear and scorn of Dexter, who was infected through a blood transfusion. But after talking to the disarmingly
candid boy over the fence which separates their yards, Erik defies his mother's warnings and befriends Dexter. At Dexter's house, Erik finds the affection he does not get at home. Dexter's mother Linda (Annab...