In 1996, a 21-year-old Angelina Jolie came to Portland to film a movie called “Foxfire.” With many sweeping, beautiful shots from above and below the Broadway Bridge, Portland looks great — but how is the movie? Join Brian “The Unipiper Kidd, Mark Middleton, and Todd Werkhoven as they discuss this beloved and/or forgotten (depending on where you grew up, probably) Grrl Power film. Come for the 90’s fashion, stay for the amazing 3-minute helicopter shot of the bridge and the city during the closing credits! Enjoy!

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3 comments on ““Foxfire” (1996)

  1. Jonathan Borris Dec 17, 2020

    Hello! Foxfire was one of those movies I remember from my teen years (watched it originally with a girl I have a thing for at that time). Oddly enough, I paid little attention to it, trying to be too manly.. which is what one of the things this movie was preaching against lol. Getting into a few of your points about the movie, I’ll start here. I noticed a few years back in the description that it talks about the girls experimenting with lesbianism. I, However didn’t really see that at all. It was obvious that was “Legs’” preference, but Maddy was the girl that, as she said “if I told you I loved you, would you take it the wrong way?” wasn’t “like you”. Maddy loved her, but couldn’t the same way Legs wanted her to. It’s the age old story of the straight man or woman that cannot love someone gay the same way. It actually brings a certain sadness to the whole film. I don’t want to get into too much, but thought I’d give my point of view of some things. It was left out about “Goldie’s” character being Asian and neither parent being so. I just took it as the young girl who had been adopted by the rich family, and was mistreated for acting out to get love from her parents. Or, maybe it was from the father’s previous relationship.
    I didn’t like that the movie never addressed Goldie’s picture that Maddy had added vomit to while she was passed out on the toilet.
    I have no idea what “I vault without poles” means, besides because her legs looked like poles when she walked from being tall.
    The movie ends very abruptly, but what you guys had mentioned in Maddy’s commentary that she had traveled “half the world. Bus stations, airports” and had never seen her again. I guess she was simply saying that with Legs being a drifter, that she had thought, or hoped she would’ve seen her during her many stops in her travels.
    Overall, the movie to me, just came across as a bunch of kids having fun and learning about each other’s differences, but stilling coming together and accepting one another.

    • Todd Werkhoven Dec 17, 2020

      I agree with that all! It’s been awhile since I’ve seen it, but I still remember being somewhat surprised at how decent the movie was (while still not being the best of movies), and some of the great location shots, including those Broadway Bridge shots — especially the ending helicopter shot!

      • The end shot was amazing… I’d never have gotten up there.

        An interesting thing about bad storylines… it often reflects real life. Take the Goldie picture for instance. How many times have friends ever said or done things that never really were addressed? Later, Maddy goes and gets her out of the drug house, so maybe that made things even? Life itself, is often a sad and bad storyline.

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