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Enter Ronald. After seeing her desperate attempt to replace the dress at the mall, Ronald makes a deal with Amanda. He'll use the money that he has earned all summer by mowing lawns to buy a new dress, in return for Amanda's help in turning him to Mr. popularity.
Along the way, Ronnie learns lessons about the true value of having real friends, and towards the end of the movie Ronald discovers that he is still himself.
This film, which is no longer produced by Touchstone Video (a division of the Disney Corporation) features many couple of stars before they hit it big. Gerardo, the Latin-singing star who scored a one-hit wonder with "Rico Suave," plays one of the football jocks in the film. However, the real scene-stealer in this film is Seth Green ("Austin Powers"; "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" "Can't Hardly Wait") who plays Ronald's annoying, yet hysterical little brother, Chuckie. By taking a look at Seth in this past role you can understand why he is such a big star today. He is always a trip when it comes to comedic performances.
I loved this film for many reasons, but I think the most memorable scene in this film probably has to be Ronald learning an African dance he saw on television (he thought he was watching "American Bandstand"). After learning it, Ronald performs it at the big dance, not knowing that it would become a huge hit.
This film ranks among the 10 best teenage comedies produced in the 1980's. Let's only hope that it will be re-released on video and DVD in the near future.
This is really a pretty nice movie. Ron shows the magic of being a nerd -- he takes Cindy on a date to an old airplane graveyard, where he regales her with stories about the histories of the old planes. He knows the geography of the lunar surface as though it were the back of his hand, which is kind of a cool thing to be clued into. Basically, he really is a pretty interesting guy. HOWEVER... the more popular he becomes, (due to Cindy's charm rubbing off on him), the more of a scumbag he gets to be. He doesn't even seem to realize that Cindy actually falls in love with him for his real self, he's so caught up with trying to be someone he's not. If he had remained the Astro-nerd he really was, right from the beginning, he would have had a lot more self respect. In that case, of course, there would have been no movie, so maybe we're all lucky that he chose to temporarily alter his customary modus vivendi.
This movie has real heart. A lot of 80s movies were pretty fluffy, but this one actually makes you think. It sticks to your ribs, that's all I can tell you. This next part of my review might sound a little tangential, but if you see the movie you'll see that it's actually extremely relevant...Read more ›
Ronald, a dork, has been mooning over the most popular girl in school whose lawn he's been mowing for years. He also wishes to be invited to all the A list parties, be liked by others than his fellow nerds, and just be liked. When the most popular girl in school, Cindy, is in a moment of peril, he offers her a large wad of cash to buy himself popularity. The two pose as a couple at their school, with her at his side he is able to walk down the Popular Kids' hallway, eat at their lunch tables, and become included in their social activities. Eventually, according to plan, he and Cindy split and his popular status is secured. Ron, however, gets a swelled head as he feels he has accomplished something when others haven't, and leaves all his former nerd friends in the dust. When Cindy, in a moment of tipsy anger, reveals that the whole thing was a plot and that he bribed her affection, he gets a sudden cold shoulder from his true friends that he spurned and the cool kids who he thought were true. Now Ron is really alone.
People are followers, no doubt about that. Ron finds out that the people whose admiration and friendship he sought so hard for are actually shallow, arrogant and insecure. He himself became shallow and arrogant, and forgot who his real friends were. The sweetly awkward nerds were more genuine friends than he ever hoped for. Even the sluttiest girl in the school (who gave more rides than Greyhound) was ashamed she's done the deed with him!Read more ›
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Cult classic! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this movie. Watch Patrick Dempsey before he was Dr. McDreamy! What a good moral to the story - you'll have to watch it to find out what the moral... Read morePublished 1 month ago by GrammyLew
One of my childhood favorites!! I was so happy to find this on DVD. It shows perfectly.Published 1 month ago by Erika C.