Quick Movie Reviews: The Boy Who Could Fly (1986)

Yeah, I watched it. So what? It’s from the ’80s and I’m 40. These days, that’s all it takes.

Anyway, Mindy Cohn’s character, the obnoxious neighbor, sums this one up after the 14-year-old female protagonist gets hammered and starts to get horny for the kid who sits in his window all day not saying anything and pretending he’s an airplane: “You can’t be in love with a retard. It’s just not done!”

Also, spoiler alert, the title is not a metaphor. The kid actually flies at the end, and it’s really, really stupid.

3 Responses to “Quick Movie Reviews: <em>The Boy Who Could Fly</em> (1986)”


  1. 1 leftylimbo July 9, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Waaaaiiiit…this isn’t the movie with the flying wagon thing, is it? He builds a ramp on this hill and keeps trying and trying, until one day he actually does fly? …

  2. 2 2W2N July 9, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    No, no, I think you’re thinking of Radio Flyer, with Elijah Wood and some other kid. The other kid is constantly abused by his father and he and older brother decide to convert their wagon into a plane to escape. Right?

  3. 3 leftylimbo July 18, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    You’re right. It was Radio Flyer. I remember that whole abuse part.


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