Then, one day, she comes across a mysterious dude at the beach: Randy, a goofy-haired punker from the Hollywood Hills. She really digs him, and before long, they’re together. It might really be true love, but there’s a problem. Randy and Julie come from really different cliques. Julie hangs in the Valley, from the mall to a bunch of bright and clean parties, while Randy drives around more modest hoods and goes boozing in New Wave bars. Can they stick together despite their differences?
Okay, that’s a dopey, probably overseen plot. Still, it’s an enjoyable flick, and it’s often real funny. And man, I love the whole ’80s thing! On the filmmaking side, the film doesn’t have as much style and depth as the John Hughes movies, but it’s still better than those awful Troma teen sex romps. I also love the soundtrack, featuring music by Eddie Grant, Men At Work and many other one-hit wonders from the ’80s.
Yet, the coolest thing about the picture is that it’s the starring debut of the awesome Nicolas Cage. He’s so cool as Randy! It’s far from being his best film, but it’s still hysterical to see him with punk hair, New Wave clothes and, most of all, chest hair shaved in a weird little triangle. And man, ain’t he charming, cool and funny? You bet your fur! We can already see what a kick ass actor he is. So, if you’re looking for a light yet entertaining 80s teen flick but you’ve already seen the classics (“Fast Times”, “Breakfast Club”, “Say Anything”, etc.), well you should definitively check this one out.