Period-piece sex comedy that's about 12 times more enjoyable than it deserves to be...and about 120 times better than the 'modern-era' jiggle flicks about horny adolescents.It may be damning a little movie with faint praise, but Mel Damski’s Mischief is easily one of the finest ‘teen sex’ comedies to come out of the mid-80’s. With its generally winning cast and a wholly winning sense of ‘period’, Mischief more than successfully recreates what it must have felt like to lose your virginity in 1956. Or maybe it doesn’t; bottom line is that it’s a fairly cool little movie.
Mischief is essentially plotless, though most attention is paid to the growing friendship between cool newcomer Gene (Chris Nash) and the sweet-yet-nerdly Jonathan (Doug McKeon), two guys who have little else besides girls on their collective mind.
Taking a few pages from Gene’s cocksure attitude, Jonathan becomes a mild-mannered ladies’ man and quickly sets his sights on the criminally beautiful Mariyln (the criminally beautiful Kelly Preston), leaving a few uglier duckling in his wake.
In true coming-of-age fashion, John learns that beauty is only skin deep, and that the quality gals are usually right under your nose...and all that teen stuff. Nothing new on the narrative front, but Damski’s approach to the mid-50’s feel (and the extensive usage of popular songs from the era) helps to keep this amiable comedy afloat.Hall of Fame Nakedness Alert: Kelly Preston (yes, the evetual Mrs. Travolta) offers a stunningly sexy lovemaking sequence in which she’s displayed in all her blonde, bouncy glory. This flick is worth owning for this scene alone.