I did actually watch Rumble Fish last week but after reading Rich's review I couldn't think of anything intelligent to add. I will say, it's an incredibly surreal experience. I'm surprised I had never seen, let alone heard of the movie before scheduling the viewings for 365 Days of Cage. If you've never seen it, take a look. It's reminiscent of Hinton's The Outsiders mixed with a little bit of The Wanderers and a healthy dose of mind-fuckery. Diane Lane is gorgeous and it was great to see Larry Fishburne so young.
Racing With the Moon is about two small town high-school best friends Henry (Sean Penn) and Nicky (Nicolas Cage) preparing to enlist in the Marines during the winter of 1942 in Northern California. Nicky is spending his last few weeks trying to stick his dick in anything that moves while Henry is looking for something with a little more substance. Everything is going well until Nicky finds out the girl he's been sleeping with is pregnant with 3 weeks left before he and Henry leave town. I won't give away any more of the plot, but it's a well rounded poignant drama worth seeing at least once. Compared to his previous performance in Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Sean Penn is an absolute pleasure to watch and Nic Cage seems to be getting the hang of acting, delivering a solid supporting role.
Also of note in this movie, Crispin Glover who you might remember as George McFly in Back To The Future, makes his Hollywood debut around the 6 minute mark as a smart mouthed rich kid that gets his face smashed in by Sean Penn's character. About an hour into the movie is another small, yet notable appearance by Michael Madsen in his second movie role. He plays a hospitalized amputee soldier named Frank who shows Henry that going to war isn't fun and games and has actual real-life consequences. Also credited in Racing With the Moon is Dana Carvey as Babyface, but I wasn't able to spot him. Carol Kane (Scrooged, The Princess Bride) also has a small part in the beginning as the town hooker.