There's a great cast here (Kathleen Turner, Nicolas Cage, Catherine Hicks, Jim Carrey, etc) and some enjoyable lines peppered throughout the script, but the film never really sparkles. Perhaps because it doesn't embrace any one aspect; it's never as funny as it could be, it wants to be magical and then plays it safe, even the potential time-travel element is ultimately frittered away without any real repercussions.
So I loved this movie; knowing only the cast and crew, the time travelling theme was a complete surprise - but really well done and quite funny in places. I felt Kathleen Turner acted out her confusion brilliantly - and this must be one of the funniest, serious Nicolas Cage role I've seen him play! Some really strong music choices as well - a true gem!
This was harmless fun, but I'm not sure what the point of this even was. It's a good enough high school movie, it's sometimes funny, and Kathleen Turner was decent, but at the end of the movie I wasn't sure how I was even supposed to feel about any of it. It didn't even offer anything new to the time travel or high school subgenres - mainly because Back to the Future came out a year before this and became a classic.
Tech probs at the start with the mirror scene presage more tech and plot glitches. There's a lack of engagement with characters or ideas. But boy Kathleen Turner is same-faced, ambiguous and ravishing, filling the whole screen, and the 10 years younger Cage is a convincing teenager. Compared to Back to the Future & MJ Fox, this is poor. It made me long for Freaky Friday & JL Curtis. Coppola?! Wish it'd been Kubrick.
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!