The Wanderers ★★★½

I’m all for the anthropology of teens in earlier generations, but this Richard Price adaptation, realistically portrayed as it may seem, lacked any real emotional throughline that I could hang onto. The episodic hangout structure works if you want to, you know, hang with the characters, but I have a feeling that only men in the age group represented here could find their analog. The film doesn’t do much for its female characters, instantly turning Karen Allen’s tough, principled Nina into a doe-eyed lovebird for Richie. Then again, maybe that’s period accurate?