“I can just say anything, and you’ll believe me.”
Over the course of summer vacation, Paul (Barry Gordon) attempts to woo sexy Christine (Lada Edmund Jr.) away from her jock boyfriend Russ (Jon Voight).
Response to Peary’s Review:
This “very amusing” coming-of-age comedy (which Peary argues is “waiting for discovery”) belies the stereotypes of most teenage sex romps, emerging as an authentic look at teenagers testing out their interests and affections. The story isn’t linear — indeed, what we think will be the crux of the film (Paul getting Christine to go out with him) happens almost immediately, with the rest of the movie focusing on the complications of what happens next. Other than Jon Voight’s somewhat predictable performance as a “dumb, tough jock”, these characters are surprisingly three-dimensional: they’re conflicted about what they want, and getting what they want doesn’t necessarily lead to the satisfaction they were hoping for. Director Paul Williams uses clever editing to focus on Paul’s state-of-mind — check out the hilarious Romeo and Juliet scene, for instance.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Lada Edmond, Jr. as the surprisingly nuanced Christine
- Paul staring distractedly at an unaware Christine’s heaving bosom throughout an entire production of Romeo and Juliet
- Clever, humorous editing
- An honest portrayal of teenage rivalry, horniness, and confusion
No, but it’s recommended.