What's with all the people calling this a modernized version of the Graduate? It does have similarities, but this also has its own mind as well. One thing that immediately caught my attention before deciding to watch this film was the amazing 80's cast. Many people in this movie had yet to experience their stardom at this juncture. Rob Lowe was just starting out, so was John Cusack, Alan Ruck, Andrew McCarthy, Virginia Madsen, among a couple others. It was neat to see them so young and inexperienced. I personally think this is a great film about the pressures of temptation, and the difficulty of high school. The two major story lines are Rob Lowe (Skip) and Andrew McCarthy's (Jonathan) friendship, and the love storyline between McCarthy & Jacqueline Bissett (Ellen) Yes. It does resemble Hoffman & Bancroft from the graduate a little bit, but I still thought it was pretty well done. The love scenes are fairly steamy, and McCarthy & Bissett were both professional, and didn't seem to be awkward as far as I'm concerned. Some of the pranks you'll see in this film are quite taboo at this day and age. Rob Lowe pulling a prank on Andrew McCarthy, involving Women's underwear comes to mind, as is a suicide gag that was done here in the beginning. It pushed the envelope a little bit, and honestly? I dug it quite a bit. Andrew McCarthy is solid for the most part. His character does some selfish things at times, and he's especially unsympathetic at the end with how he acts towards Rob Lowe. But he was likable 85% of the time. I've always felt McCarthy was a bit underrated. Rob Lowe is good as well. He can play a charismatic jock in his sleep, and he does it well again here. His character evolves slowly throughout the film and I ended up liking him a lot. Jacqueline Bissett is very sexy, and plays her role to perfection. I definitely felt for her at times. John Cusack shows off that dorkyish charm that he is well known for. The end fight sequence between Lowe & McCarthy is well staged, but a bit OTT. As I aforementioned previously, I was on Lowe's side, and McCarthy was a bit of a dick. Overall this is a very good coming of age film. I don't pay attention to picky critics. I focus on what I enjoy. It made me realize why I enjoy the 80's so much. 7.8/10
Comedy / Drama / Romance
Comedy / Drama / Romance
A young man in private school spends one crazy night out, but soon realizes the woman he hooked up with is not who he expected.
December 12, 2020