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St. Elmo’s Fire

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St. Elmo's Fire

Pronunciation: /ˈɛlməʊz /

NOUN

[MASS NOUN] 1. A phenomenon in which a luminous electrical discharge appears on a ship or aircraft during a storm.

2. A 1985 Joel Schumacher film surrounding a group of friends just out of college, and their struggle with adulthood.

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In 1985, 12 (going on 13) year old me did not know either of the definitions listed above. It was a pretty rough time for me. I was living with an abusive parent, I had just come off of failing 7th grade at a private school in at attempt to punish my parents for their divorce and for moving me to the private school in the first place, and I was being left behind by all of my friends. (That last one is important with respect to how I feel about this movie, so pay attention.) So what is a tween to do for an escape? MOVIES!

1985 was a not so great year for me, but was a truly great year for movies. This is the year that gave us Back to the Future, The Goonies, Legend, Clue, Weird Science, The Jewel of the Nile, Cocoon, Desperately Seeking Susan, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, Real Genius, Better Off Dead, The Breakfast Club and of course the reason for this post - St. Elmo's Fire. While many of these films that I cherish allowed me a temporary escape from my reality it was the last two that really had a huge impact on me. Both of these movies gave me hope.  "Both?" you might ask - "they are very different stories!" This is true - but they came at a pretty dark time in my childhood and made me believe that I might have something to look forward to.

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