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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.
Patrick Dempsey, pre-Grey's Anatomy, is Ronnie Miller, a nerdy, smart kid who hates being in the unpopular group, who can't sit in the home section at football games and can't sit anywhere near the "cool" kids in the school cafeteria. He's been saving up for many summers (cutting grass) to buy a really awesome telescope. He goes to the mall to get it and instead runs into Cindy Mancini (Amanda Petersen), the girl of his dreams, who is pretty, popular and the head cheerleader. Although they go to school together and Ronnie cuts her grass, Cindy doesn't even know his name. Cindy is in a predicament - - she has worn her mom's off-limits suede outfit to an end of summer party and got wine spilled on it. A replacement is a thousand dollars - - which Ronnie happens to have handy. He forsakes his telescope, instead "paying" Cindy a thousand dollars to pretend to be his girlfriend for the first month of school. As imagined, the alleged match is met with skepticism and horror by the "in crowd" and just plain skepticism by Ronnie's old friends, who he will soon abandon for life in the fast lane of the popular kids. Cindy makes Ronnie over, to make him look more hip and cool, and she soon begins to see more in Ronnie than originally met her eye. But their one month contract is up, and Ronnie has come to believe his own popularity. Will Ronnie fall from grace with the popular kids? Will he realize that Cindy has fallen for him? Will they get together?Read more ›
I still love this movie as much as I did the 1st time ever watching it. It's funny, some cheesy romance & a deeper lesson about money not being able to buy true love & happiness.
For me, the most memorable scene in this film is Ronnie learning an African dance he saw on television (he thought he was watching "American Bandstand"). After learning it, Ronnie performs it at the big dance, not knowing that it would become a huge hit (because everyone followed what the "popular" kid did).
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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 3 days ago by GrammyLew
One of my childhood favorites!! I was so happy to find this on DVD. It shows perfectly.Published 20 days ago by Erika C.
This was a good movie. Worth the 47 cents plus shipping I paid for it. A good love story. Not bad for an 80's movie.Published 25 days ago by Jason Sturges