Written by: George Pacheco on July 18th, 2013
Theatrical Release Date: USA, November, 1985
Director: Herb Freed
Writer: Ben Zelig
Cast: Betsy Russell, Kristi Somers, Gerard Christopher
DVD Release Date: August 6th, 2013
Approximate Running Time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Scorpion Releasing
Region Encoding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.95
Tomboy is a lighthearted and fun 80s romp which has aged surprisingly well over the near thirty years since its original 1985 release.
The film is fairly episodic in nature, detailing the exploits of young Tomasina “Tommy” Boyd, a young lady struggling with the perceptions of femininity in society, while attempting to support her comparatively flighty and free-spirited friend Seville in her question for fame and stardom as a dancer and actress.
Tommy is played with likable charm by Betsy Russell, a 1980s film staple who appeared in such popular video fare as Avenging Angel and Private School, while Seville is portrayed with an endearingly ditzy sexuality by Kristi Somers. It’s actually Somers who provides most of the film’s gratuitous nudity, as Tomboy follows her character through auditions, parties and various other crazy schemes in search of “her big break.”
Russell’s character slowly starts to come into her own as all of this is going on, as the audience is introduced to her love interest in the film, a dashing but somewhat cad-ish stock car racer by the name of Randy Starr (Gerard Christopher). Tommy’s attraction to Randy is explainable, given his glamorous and respected position in the racing field, yet his consistently boorish behavior makes their love affair a bit frustrating for the audience.
Meanwhile, Somers’ character of Seville changes a bit over the course of the film, progressing from ambitious airhead to someone to a caring friend for Tommy. Both actresses do a great job in getting over their likability to the audience, and the comedy is well written for this type of fare. A lesser film than Tomboy might come across as either crass or flat—given the sophomoric situations and lingering camera angles which make up much of the plot and cinematography—yet both Somers and Russell do their best with the material given, chalking up Tomboy as one of the more enduring B-movie comedies of the 1980s.
Scorpion Releasing presents Tomboy in an anamorphic widescreen presentation which preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. Print damage and debris are minimal, with sound coming through clear and distinct. Colors are preserved in that glorious, drive in warmth and the extras menu contains a career spanning interview with star Betsy Russell. Overall, Tomboy receives a respectful presentation from Scorpion Releasing.
Note: Scorpion Releasing are also releasing Tomboy on BluRay.