A film about a woman's coming to peace with her life choices and where they took her, or a film about a horny 40-something housewife molesting confused adolescents. Either way, it's fine for what it is. There was a rewarding opportunity to present a more coherent allegory for evolving (pop-)culture, but ended up too nostalgic.
There are signs in the earlier scenes as Turner's character attempts to comes to terms with her situation that something interesting might get explored, but sadly this doesn't actually happen. Instead the whole thing ends up just feeling wrong and uneven: the struggles with ageing up and down the different actors, Cage's bizarre turn and a final act that descends into farce.
Tonally all over the place, but the film makes up for it in charm. Turner is excellent, and plays the tension between the adult and teenager so well it feels natural and almost unnoticeable. Cage's performance was initially bewildering, but revealed itself to be hilarious. The lead characters are treated with humanity. The film touches on interesting thoughts and emotional moments, but doesn't achieve greatness.
If I was a teenage girl in the 80's I'd probably think this movie was brilliant. Unfortunately I'm not and the 80's are long gone. It's a bit of a mash up between Back to the Future and Grease. It was good to see a young Jim Carrey in this but Nicolas Cage stole the show for me - well whatever voice he was using did!
Interesting film about reflecting on youth and the choices made in your former years which define you. There is something a little depressing about the inevitability of the central relationship but it is an enjoyable comedy with a great performance from Kathleen Turner. Out of character for Coppola considering his work before this film's release.
The cinematography by Jordan Cronenweth is beautiful, sometimes like a Edward Hopper painting. The beginning of the movie in the "present time" may be a little long and cliché, but when the time machine starts, I didn't wish it to stop... (and I got as cheesy as Nicolas Cage)