Tex represented the first film adaption of a novel by "teen angst" specialist S. E. Hinton. Matt Dillon stars as Tex McCormick, an Oklahoma farm boy who drifts into bad company and a dangerous lifestyle after his mother dies and his father deserts him. His older brother Mason (Jim Metzler) struggles to keep his sibling on the straight and narrow, but he too has a cross to bear: his crippling lack of self-worth. Surprisingly, the film was produced by the Disney company, which heretofore had painted a more upbeat portrait of teen-age life. Dillon would go on to appear in two more Hinton adaptations, while Tex supporting player Emilio Estevez would show up in an additional three. S.E. Hinton herself appears in the small role of Mrs. Barnes, a schoolteacher. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
This is not a family film in any way. It is shocking that it is a Disney movie. If you are thinking of letting your children watch it, you might preview it first. It will teach them what happens when you make poor choices.
A solid teen movie. In today's rating system, this is definitely PG-13. Not for younger children, as the Disney label may suggest. If you liked THE OUTSIDERS, THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW and RUMBLE FISH, you will like this movie.
Excellent family adventure about two teenage brothers and their struggles to grow up, on their own, after their mother dies and their father deserts them. I remember seeing Matt Dillon in a host of movies during the early 80's in which he seemed to be playing the same character in each film, just the surroundings/situations were different. That's okay because I like that character, and if you do a little digging you'll find that there is a reason for it. "Tex" is one of three 'coming of age' type movies that starred Matt Dillon and were based on novels by S.E. Hinton. In fact, S.E. Hinton herself actually appears in the film as a teacher at Tex's school. The others that I know of are "Rumble Fish" and "The Outsiders," both of which were directed by Francis Ford Coppola. All three are good, but "Tex" has the most in the way of family appeal. It is a Disney movie after all.