DirectorMarisa Silver Initial DVD releaseFebruary 17, 2004 Duration CountryUnited States
WriterJarre Fees, Larry Ketron, Alice Liddle Release dateApril 22, 1988 (1988-04-22) CastPamela Gidley (Kim), Alan Boyce (David Sinclair), Michael Elgart (Jake), Jennifer Rubin (Lauren), Michelle Meyrink (M.G.), Keanu Reeves (Chris Townsend) Similar moviesPitch Perfect 2, Youth, Straight Outta Compton, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, The Boy Next Door, Carrie
TaglineHigh school. Senior year. His suicide shattered their world. Their courage drove them to pick up the pieces.
Keanu reeves permanent record
High school student David (Alan Boyce) appears to be totally happy, as well as bright, funny and well-liked. However, the stress from his high expectations leads him to commit suicide. Davids best friend, Chris (Keanu Reeves), a shy loner, struggles to deal with the death, and starts talking to Davids girlfriend, Lauren (Jennifer Rubin). Chris decides to continue a number of Davids projects, including the schools musical production, although he soon feels the heightened pressure as well.
The movie primarily deals with the profound effect of suicide, and how friends and family work their way through the grief.
David Sinclair seems to have everything going for him: he's smart, musically talented, and very successful. To top off his senior year in high school, his band is trying to get a recording session. Therefore, David's suicide leaves everyone, especially his best friend and band-mate, Chris, with a lot of questions.
David (Alan Boyce) seems to have everything. He is smart, talented, funny, and popular. He is best friends with Chris (Keanu Reeves), a quirky outsider. He seems to have it all together, yet as his personal academic expectations and those of his parents become overwhelming, he seemingly is keeping emotional problems secret to himself.
At a party with his school friends along the coast, he takes a walk to the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean.
Chris, playful as ever, decides to sneak up on his friend, but when he emerges from behind a rock, David is not there. He has fallen to his death. Originally assumed to be a horrible accident,the situation changes when Chris receives a suicide note in the mail. Chris and Davids girlfriend, Lauren (Jennifer Rubin), want to hold some type of memorial, but a reluctant school decides against it, leaving the kids to memorialize their friend in their own way.
Permanent Record received mixed reviews from critics upon its release. The film currently holds a 75% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times praised the film as one of the best 1988 had to offer, stating all the performances were appropriate to the material, whilst also praising Silver for finding authentic ways to portray emotions.
Variety Reviews applauded Reeves performance in the latter half of the film, citing Boyces characters suicide as the primary reason, although also criticizing the female characters in the film.
Rob Gonsalves of efilmcritic.com criticized the film, stating it was nothing more than a TV-Movie drama film, whilst also criticizing the climax of the story. Although he also praised the performance of Keanu Reeves.