RJ, why is this review breaking the format that you've set up over time?
Well, because I don't like the poster for this film and it was a made-for-TV movie, so I don't really want to comply with my own standards for this review.
I liked Fallen Angel, I liked it a lot. In spite of being a made-for-TV movie, this movie made me feel extremely uncomfortable. I've sat through movies like A Serbian Film and Cannibal Holocaust, but this movie made me want to crawl out of my skin and run away.
Fallen Angel is about a thirteen-year-old girl who has recently lost her father and feels distant from her mother. She meets a guy named Howie (Richard Maser) who befriends her and slowly coerces her into allowing him to take nude photos of her and eventually doing pornography.
Richard Maser is so creepy but also seems like such a normal dude, which makes him even creepier. Every time he was talking to Jennifer (Dana Hill) I wanted to look away from the screen. Because Fallen Angel is not your run-of-the-mill afterschool special where the parents find out before anything bad happens to the kids. That's right, Gary Coleman actually screams real loud at the bike shop owner's ass.
I do wish the beginning of the movie was cut, I know it plays into later in the movie, but I felt the beginning was a bit cheesy. Oh crap, did I mention David Hayward? He's such a punchable dude, that ew, I wish we saw him get his comeuppance instead of just hearing about it via dialogue.
I really appreciated the final message of the film though. It wasn't "pedos bad!" It was encouraging parents to try harder to understand the struggles of being a kid and teenager so they can feel comfortable approaching a parent about the struggles and not reaching out to strange adults who may want to hurt them.
Overall, I really liked Fallen Angel. It was an extremely uncomfortable movie to watch and had me thinking the FBI was going to knock down my door any minute. The cheap 1980s film stock made it feel more like some weird basement movie that I tracked down, and that just made it all the more uncomfortable.