Now that most of America seems to live in soulless planned communities and gated subdivisions, it's fun to remember that 25 or so years ago, a wave of films -- think Poltergeist -- were suggesting that maybe this kind of lifestyle wasn't conducive to happy families and healthy communities.

It all began back in 1979 with Over the Edge, a tight teen melodrama that takes place in the godforsaken New Granada, a rapidly expanding subdivision on a treeless plain somewhere in the southwest (the film was shot in Aurora, Colorado). All these years later, the movie is notable for two things: its dead-on accurate depiction of late '70s teen style, and the riveting debut performance of young Matt Dillon, who has as much on-screen charisma at age 15 as experienced actors twice his age.

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