"Yes, there's a London brother in it, but it's the good one."
Here's one reason why I like this movie so much:The young actor who plays Mitch, the closest thing to a central character this movie has, is named Wiley Wiggins.
That's like the coolest name for an actor, right next to the name for one of the actors in House Arrest, and do you know what his name is?
Mooky Arizona. Haha.
Anyway. What's not to like about this movie? Rockin' soundtrack, strong ensemble cast, including quite a few young actors that would go on to higher profile projects (Joey Lauren Adams and Ben Affleck in Chasing Amy, Adam Goldberg in Saving Private Ryan, and some guy named McConaughey who was supposed to be the next big thing), and a nostalgic look at 1976.
Nostalgic for some, anyway. I was born in 1976.
There's no real focus to it, as several characters get a little bit of screen time each. It's the last day of school, and seniors are blowing off steam while incoming freshmen get hazed. One freshman (Wiggins) avoids a beating at the hands of O'Bannion (Affleck) and spends the rest of the film avoiding him. There's a party, lots of drug use (hey, it was the 70's) and more 70's guitar rock than you can shake a stick at.
Solid acting, and actually funny and quite touching at times.You know that Julie girl? Loves you. You want her? Gotta play it cool, you know. Like, if she asks you if you want a ride, you say, "No, I've got my own ride, but maybe I'll see you there." Sounds stupid, doesn't it? It works.