Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
Canada/USA, 1983. Tiberius Film Productions, Tijuana Productions. Story by Bill L. Norton, Bryan Gindoff, Screenplay by Bill L. Norton. Cinematography by Gilbert Taylor. Produced by Bryan Gindoff, Hannah Hempstead. Music by Kenneth Wannberg. Production Design by Robb Wilson King. Costume Design by Joanna Palace. Film Editing by Richard Halsey.
Familiar eighties silliness as four teenagers in 1965 California get into a gorgeous red Chevy convertible and head to Tijuana to get themselves laid. Cock of the walk John Stockwell, wiry troublemaker Jackie Earle Haley, sweet and polite Tom Cruise (the same year he did Risky Business) and brainy young John P. Navin Jr. all land themselves in heaps of trouble as they cross the border looking for excitement and end up getting on the wrong side of the law, pissing off a few street toughs and hitting on the wrong ladies. Cruise strikes up a friendship with an adorable married woman (Shelley Long) who has run away from a husband with whom she has had a fight. Long’s presence buoys it slightly above the usual teen-oriented crap that the eighties had far too much of, as does the colourful photography of a sitcomishly presented Tijuana, but for the most part it is derivative stuff and is rarely funny.