Promised Land (1988)

Michael Hoffman’s neglected drama tracks the post-school lives of two Utah kids: Kiefer Sutherland’s shy, geeky damaged goods, and Jason Gedrick’s basketball star turned local sheriff. Meg Ryan costars, launching her fledgling career with her portrait of a bipolar nightmare very far from the upturned-nose sweetheart for which she became famous. The landscape is frozen, and the characters are lost.

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