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You Can't Watch This
on October 9, 2014
This fatuous romantic comedy about video dating, an embarrassing postcard from 1988, is riddled with broad L.A. stereotypes. It's plagued by lame acting, inept direction, and an amateurish script filled with inane gags. The movie is notable only for containing Bridget Fonda's first full motion picture role. It includes cameos by the likes of Charles Grodin, Sally Kellerman, and - ugh - Kristy McNichol. Oh, and there's also David Leisure, the actor known for playing a slimy liar called Joe Isuzu in TV commercials as well as McNichol's neighbor on the sitcom "Empty Nest." The lead actor is a footnote named David Packer.
Please don't waste your precious time on this lamentable dreck. It's not just forgettable; it's so wretched that you'll wish the amnesia-inducing "neuralyzers" from the "Men in Black" films were real. However, if you're nostalgic for your youth and would like to relive the late 1980s, there are far better guilty pleasures from that era. I suggest "The Secret of My Success" with Michael J. Fox or "Can't Buy Me Love" with Patrick Dempsey (both 1987) or comedies by Cameron Crowe (1989's "Say Anything..." with John Cusack) or John Hughes (whose 1986 classic "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" with Matthew Broderick is anything but a guilty pleasure).