Directed by Peter Horton
Written by Robert Kuhn
Peter Horton directed drama ‘The Cure‘ is a kind of a movie that could easily slip into pathetic and oversentimentality but it thankfully didn’t. The story about the friendship between the two boys, Erik (Brad Renfro), lonely and neglected kid and Dexter (Joseph Mazzello) a HIV-positive kid who lives in single parent family and receives all the love of the world from his mother forms the basis of this small but very important movie.
The acting by Brad Renfro (rest in peace) and Joseph Mazello is excellent and the film largely stands on their shoulders. The script mostly follows the formula but it works really well (with the help of the excellent actors).
Some really strong scenes stand out – for example the sneaker scene at the boat or the confrontation between the two mothers near the end of the movie, although the movie as a whole works really well. Small moments, such as looks or short gestures (for example between Erik and Dexter’s mother) are adding more warmth and beauty.