A Tale of Two Coreys (2018)

  • Time: 90 min
  • Genre: Drama
  • Director: Steven Huffaker
  • Cast: Elijah Marcano, Scott Bosely, Justin Ellings

Storyline:

Feldman (Elijah Marcano and Scott Bosely) and Haim (Justin Ellings and Casey Leach) skyrocketed to fame after meeting on the set of the blockbuster movie The Lost Boys and quickly became young Hollywood heartthrobs. They collaborated on popular comedies including License to Drive and Dream a Little Dream and basked in being Tinseltown royalty in their early teens. But as their stars rose, their lives began to quickly spin out of control with endless partying and drugs. As their fame and fortune increased, dark secrets haunted them. Young and impressionable, the actors suffered through years of sexual abuse at the hands of industry insiders. With studio offers drying up and their reputations becoming tabloid fodder, Feldman eventually turned his life around by getting sober, getting married and having a son. Haim, however, continued his downward spiral and by the time the two starred in their own reality series, The Two Coreys, not even Feldman was able to save him.

One review

  • Do you remember Corey Feldman and Corey Haim? I do. They were young actors from the late 80’s and early 90’s. They became buddies and did at least seven films together. Being about the same age as both of them, I must have binged-watched License to Drive and Dream a Little Dream profusely.

    Anyway, A Tale of Two Coreys is my latest write-up. In chronological order, it glosses over Feldman and Haim’s twenty-plus-year friendship. With its 1986 chic look, its cheesy music soundtrack, and its even cheesier production values, “Coreys” is TV movie personified. Actually, it’s a Lifetime movie and an underwhelming one at that.

    Speaking of Lifetime movies, well they’re a guilty pleasure of mine. They are conflicting and manipulative and they suck you right in. A Tale of Two Coreys does go to some dark places and it somewhat shocks you with what supposedly happened to these dudes (drug addiction, being from broken families, being sexually abused on movie sets, etc.).

    However, where most Lifetime flicks clock in at two immense hours, “Coreys” registers at about ninety minutes (and that’s with commercials). Although cutesy and dire at the same time, “Coreys” doesn’t scratch enough surface nor does it give these BFF’s a thorough testimonial.

    As for the acting, well there’s four troupers that play Feldman and Haim over various periods of time. With the exception of Justin Ellings who channels young Haimster, the other three don’t resemble their mannerisms or personalities in any capacity. No one gives a lousy performance mind you. It’s just that the casting by Dean E. Fronk and Donald Paul Pemrick (two veterans in their field) is kinda off.

    In conclusion, The Tale of Two Coreys doesn’t suffer with its straight-line storytelling and odious Hollywood insight. Also, you can say that director Steven Huffmaker tries to make you feel somewhat nostalgic (watch for a cameo involving Keith Coogan who was once a teen idol himself). Nevertheless, I just can’t find it in my heart to recommend “Coreys”. Might I suggest watching The Two Coreys reality show instead. It’s the actual guys on screen. Yeah, it may have been scripted but to an extent, it’s poser-free. Rating: 2 stars.

    Rating: 2 out of 4 stars

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