Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.
USA, 1983. Marimark Productions. Screenplay by Joe Roberts. Cinematography by Mac Ahlberg. Produced by Marilyn Jacobs Tenser. Music by Webster Lewis. Production Design by Linda Pearl. Costume Design by Kristin Nelson. Film Editing by Sidney Wolinsky.
Imagine someone taking the formula elements of an eighties teen sex comedy and putting them in a machine that then spits out a movie, and you have the level of inspired comedy you’re dealing with here. The very attractive Matt Lattanzi is a good sport as the lead character, a Beverly Hills rich kid who has just failed his high school French exam and is in danger of not getting into college. His father, Kevin McCarthy, is expecting him to go to his alma mater Yale to study law and informs his son that he is hiring a French teacher to spend the summer getting him up to speed, which of course disappoints the boy who has been looking forward to tearing up the town with his two friends (Crispin Glover, Clark Brandon) as they try to lose their virginity. Two birds are hit with one stone when the instructor shows up and is the va-va-voom Caren Kaye, who is a very good instructor but is also recently split from a crappy boyfriend and in need of some physical attention. The two leads have great chemistry, there’s actually sense a that they’re genuinely having fun together and not just indulging in cheesy exploitation for the sake of the very worst period in Hollywood studio filmmaking, but the film is only interested in enticing you with its premise and delivers on nothing else: the dialogue is drivel and their relationship has very low stakes, dealing with both his educational goals and carnal ones in a passive manner that never allows him to enjoy success in either one.