In 1961 Long Island, 10-year-old Alice Bloom is trying to understand just how love works only to be teased by her playmates. Along with that, she starts idolizing 17-year-old Sheryl O'Connor across the street by watching her from bedroom window and copying everything from her favorite record to the kind of perfume she wears and yet, they've never spoken since Sheryl and her Catholic family moved in months ago. Tragedy strikes when Sheryl's father dies suddenly and she finds herself forming a romance with a bowling alley worker named Rick after the funeral. From that moment on, the young couple are inseparable...much to the dismay of Sheryl's mother, the neighbors, and Alice's parents who feel that the little girl shouldn't be friends with them. But it didn't stop the friendship between the girls as Sheryl continues to see Rick even if she had to sneak out night after night. When Mrs. O'Connor finds out about her daughter's late night liaisons that leave her in trouble, she quickly makes plans to send her away to a home for unwed mothers. So it's up to Alice to find a way to reunite them, resolve their differences and run away together. Eliza Dushku's film debut. Based on the novel by Alice McDermott. Written for the screen and directed by Craig Bolotin.

    Cast of Characters

    C. Thomas Howell....Rick
    Juliette Lewis....Sheryl O'Connor
    Helen Shaver....Ann O'Connor
    Eliza Dushku....Alice Bloom
    J. Smith-Cameron....Carol Bloom
    John Dossett....Larry Bloom
    Katherine Heigl....Kathyn
    Sarah Joy Stevenson....Barbara
    Ben Terzulli....Mickey Meyer
    Thomas Terzulli....Max Meyer
    Michael Costello....Don O'Connor
    Kathryn Meisle....Mrs. Carpenter
    Adam LeFevre....Mr. Carpenter
    Carolyn Swift....Mrs. Rossi
    Charles Musumeci....Mr. Rossi
    Debora Robertson....Mrs. Meyer
    John Healey....Mr. Meyer
    Becky Ann Baker....Mrs. Bell
    Paul Morella....Mr. Bell