A Tale of Two Coreys (2018)
This movie had everything going against it. Depicting two stars who are commonly believed to have squandered the opportunities their talent provided them, it features indifferent narration by, not one but, two on-screen characters and was produced for an outlet that has a dubious track record of biopics. Surprisingly, the end result is an effective portrayal of two child actors’ on-going friendship throughout their years of shared abuses.
Though they share the same name, age and lucky number, the depicted family lives of the two Corey’s could not be further apart. Whereas Feldman’s divorced mother appears less concerned about her son’s health than the financial implications of his bruised face, Haim’s happily married parents do their best to provide a normal upbringing for their in-demand son. Yet they remain unaware that the sudden change in Corey’s behaviour stems sexual abuse suffered on a movie set. By the time Feldman and Haim co-star in The Lost Boys, their lives are primed to spiral out of control.
Despite the biopic methodically ticking off the years as the two Corey’s descend further down the rabbit hole of sex and drugs, it still comes as a surprise to learn that most of the depicted events occurred before the boys turned eighteen. Reinforcing this are the performances of the principal players. Both Elijah Marcano and Justin Ellings impress as the two teenage Coreys, and barely a beat is skipped during the transition to the adult Coreys portrayed by Scott Bosely and Casey Leach.
Regrettably, the actual maturation of these two Lost Boys was not quite as smooth.
“Because it is a TV movie they couldn’t go into specifics — like when it came to who Haim’s actual abuser was, we had to sugar coat that and present it in a more TV applicable that way. It’s like putting a G rating on an X-rated storyline. There was a lot of sex and drugs that were a part of the story which obviously you can’t show on television.”