I would say that a lot of these "hyped" teen flicks (especially those of the 80s) reflect the American high school experience, so perhaps only someone who's been through it themselves can appreciate it as intended. I personally loved this one. :D
john cusack. i admit i bumped the rating up a star purely for his acting chops. he plays the same guy in every movie and he does it so well. the story is creepy in a modern context (it's entitled to expect a girl you know in passing to let you take her out, to watch her from afar at a party where she's the odd one out). the IRS/father business seems out of place. as far as 80s movies go, this is a good one.
One of the most realistic teen romance movies, which is both it's flaw and strength. It's a very awkward movie in a good and a bad way. In this way it's almost more anti-John Hughes than Heathers ever could be. I thought it had a rough beginning and got better. The relationship b/w her and her father was weird but interesting. I did like how the boombox scene was done: not too Hollywood. Just like this movie.
I've watched this movie so many times in an attempt to find any redeeming qualities, or to try and figure out why other's love and rave about it so much. I can't crack the code. This film is god awful.
What a weird movie. Some amazing moments especially in the Lloyd and Diane relationship. The moments of betrayal and profound sadness make the film seem very real and I did not expect that: things aren't as sugar coated as they might have been in earlier movies of the kind (pretty in pink etc). Also, I didn't know John Cusack was so tall.