It’s the late 1980s, when Wall Street is riding high, and it seems as if the entire country is cashing in on the bumper profits. Disgusted with the materialism that surrounds him, Matt Franklin, a brilliant young MIT graduate, has walked out on his well-paid position at a local lab and taken a low-level job as a video clerk, much to his father Bill’s consternation. And the crises keep piling up in Matt’s life. His best buddy Barry has just gotten fired from his job, his brainy sister Wendy is getting hitched to her vapid boyfriend Kyle, and the gorgeous Tori Frederking, long-time object of Matt’s unattainable adoration, is suddenly back in the picture. Now, on one wild, woolly and irresponsible evening, everything is coming to a head, with explosive results. –IMDb
Not the shit-fest critics say it is (29 % on rotten tomatoes). A simple conventional coming of age dramedy with some inspired material. I kinda wish more talented filmmakers would remake this.
Michael Dowse never disappoints - this was a perfect romp through both the reality of the 80s and what 80s cinema liked to portray as reality. A simple story, funny characters, impeccable production design, and a great soundtrack amount to a criminally overlooked comedy from last year.
I'm so torn with this film it's unbelievable. I love the style, the music, and the characters, at the same time I can recognize it is formulaic and a little familar. Still, it isn't by any means an awful, one star film. It's enjoyable, lightweight, and sometimes pretty funny. If you take out Dan Fogler, it'd be REALLY funny.
We begin this week's roundup on new theatrical releases in the UK, then make our way to the States via two films opening today on both sides