Joe Lewis

Coming-of-age comedy 'Red Oaks' is, like, totally sincere about the '80s

The air was thick with the smell of freshly cut grass and hair spray.

As dozens of extras clad in madras pants and popped-collar Lacoste shirts tried to stay cool in the sweltering July heat, director David Gordon Green conferred with actors Craig Roberts, Ennis Esmer and Paul Reiser on a sun-drenched tennis court. On the set of the Amazon comedy "Red Oaks," present-day Westchester County was standing in for suburban New Jersey in the summer of 1985 — those heady days of "Back to the Future," Live Aid and Just Say No.

After a few minutes' deliberation over the upcoming scene, a climactic match between Reiser's character, the arrogant president of...