A sentimental comedy with very sparse sentiment (and comedy for that matter) that holds up 30 years later thanks to beautiful performances by Peter Falk and teen prodigy Emily Lloyd but also because of a humanity in the directing.
The trappings (dress, music, jokes, casting, the name "Cookie" etc.) are very much of a time but the attitudes and point of view is remarkably timeless and more woke than corporate studio films today.
Cookie is not “fierce” (I.e. armed) she is just strong and tough, standing up for herself in realistic ways and doesn't depend on accommodating or comforting the male gaze just to get its approval.
According to Wikipedia: Lloyd's career crashed and burned due to "mental illness." A tragic loss for everybody.