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Rob Lowe (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me), John Cusack (Being John Malkovich) and Andrew McCarthy (St. Elmo's Fire) make their feature film debuts in this hilarious, sexy mixture of "fantasy and farce" (Boxoffice). Co-starring Jacqueline Bisset (Dangerous Beauty) and filled with lusty coeds, "wild times [and] outrageous scenes" (L.A. Movie Guide), this mother of all teen comedies is "pure fantasy for boys of all ages" (Boxoffice)!When wealthy prep-school senior Skip (Lowe) learns that his shy new roommate Jonathan (McCarthy) isa total loser at romance, he sends the aspiring young Romeo to the city to learn the ropesbeforehe ruins both their reputations. But when Jonathan is seduced by a sexy older woman named Ellen (Bisset), he begins a zany romantic miseducation that starts with a double major in lust and deceptionand ends with the uproarious discovery that not only is Ellen the woman of his dreams'she's also Skip's mom!
As rites-of-passage films featuring a young man's sexual initiation in the arms of a beautiful woman go, Class (1983) has plenty going for it, not least its attractive cast: Andrew McCarthy as Jonathan, Rob Lowe as Gatsbyish best friend Skip, and Jacqueline Bisset as the beautiful woman who's old enough to know better and just happens to be Skip's mother.
Lewis John Carlino's film has moments of insight, taking a few well-aimed shots at the vaguely sinister network of private-school life. In the first reel it neatly subverts the bullying scenario that threatens when the geeky Jonathan arrives at the school, while offering the briefly intriguing sight of Lowe in scarlet bra and pants. And there's a subplot of deceit and complicity that both strengthens and threatens the friendship that rapidly forms between Skip and Jonathan. In many ways, though, the most interesting element of the picture--Skip's relationship with his dysfunctional family--is left unexplored. Jonathan's deflowering and subsequent interludes are merely titillating. And Bisset's Ellen, a desperately sad character, becomes superfluous once the revelation that she's the "teacher" sets the boys' friendship on the path to fraternal solidarity. --Piers Ford
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"Class" (1983) was the first appearance of Andrew McCarthy, John Cusack and Virginia Madsen. It was the big screen introduction of Rob Lowe since his first movie "The Outsiders" had not yet been released in theaters. Alan Ruck also stars as one of the students as does a young Casey Siemasko, who, coincidentally, also went on to star as one of Tommy Howell's friends in "Secret Admirer." (There are actually two young actors who appear as students and friends in both of these movies.) "Class" was shot on location in Chicago and a little factoid that may be of interest is that John Cusack, who is from Chicago, later starred in "Grandview USA" (starring Tommy Howell) which was also shot on location outside of Chicago in Plymouth, IL, and he also starred in "16 Candles" another Chicago-set movie. Many of these young male stars seemed to have their work overlap into 6 degrees of separation without even needing Kevin Bacon. Anyway, "Class" is basically a teen sex romp comedy. Andrew McCarthy stars as the pathetic virgin who finds a sex-crazed 40-ish MILF who in turn takes pity on him and relieves him of his virginity only to find out later that he is much younger than he initially let on. Rob Lowe is his wild and wealthy roommate who urges him to get lost in some mindless decadence primarily aimed at losing his pesky virginity. He does so only to discover in a comedy of errors that the MILF is actually his best friend's mom. Oops. Mindless and funny this is a perfect example of an 80's teen sex comedy featuring quite the ensemble cast. Jaqueline Bisset stars as the Mrs. Robinson-type MILF and Cliff Robertson as her intolerant husband. This movie is good for a few laughs and some classic scenes of silly hilarity. It's worth owning if only to see these young actors before they really hit it big. There is a nude shot of Virginia Madsen showing boobs so her lusty fans will be pleased.
"Secret Admirer" (1985) is another teen sex romp comedy but with not quite as much sex as "Class." It is a comedy of mistaken identities and misunderstandings all revolving around a mysterious love note that falls into the wrong hands. Tommy Howell stars as the cute hunk in love with the beautiful Barbie while his plain-Jane girl-next-door best friend secretly pines away for his affections. She decides to profess her feelings and declare her love for him in a note but after it falls into the wrong hands, she must deal with the consequences of her misguided actions. Kelly Preston and a very young Corey Haim co-star. This is another 80's romantic comedy featuring a slew of young actors as well as some older seasoned ones too. If you are looking for good 80's teen flicks then don't pass this dynamic duo up.
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