Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tuesday's Forgotten Film: Mischief

Today I'm happy to be taking part in another cross-blog venture, this time dealing with forgotten/overlooked/underappreciated films, TV, books, and such. A full list of participating blogs is available at Todd Mason's Sweet Freedom blog here. Thanks Todd!

My entry is the 1985 film Mischief, set in 1950s small town America during the beginning of the rock'n'roll era.  The film stars Doug McKeon as Jonathan, a shy, somewhat nerdy high school student who dreams of being with the school's most popular girl, Marilyn McCauley, played by Kelly Preston (better known as Mrs. John Travolta to some).  Jonathan develops an unlikely friendship with the school's bad boy, Gene (Chris Nash), who gives him pointers as to how to get into Marilyn's good graces, with surprisingly successful results.

Meanwhile, Gene has a girl problem himself.  He's in love with local good girl Bunny (Catherine Mary Stuart), but their relationship is continually thwarted by Bunny's disapproving, widowed father, played by--wow, Terry O'Quinn!!  What an awesome surprise (I don't remember him playing the father when I last saw this film ages ago, and just learned of his participation while researching the film).

The film certainly didn't have huge box office success, but it's a funny, touching, and all around pleasantly enjoyable film with great music from the era.

Plus, it features Kelly Preston's bare breasts, so there's that.

The movie was last made available on DVD in 2005, but unfortunately has been out of print since.  If you are lucky enough to find it in your local library or see a used copy online for a reasonable price, I highly recommend Mischief.



Todd Mason said...

I have to wonder if McKeon wasn't hired for how much he'd look like Anthony Michael Hall on the poster...this one certainly got past me. O'Quinn, with THE STEPFATHER only a year or two away, would make a natural Norman Rockwell dad...thank you, Brian.

Evan Lewis said...

Dang, I missed this one!

Phillyradiogeek said...

Thank you, Todd. I don't know if I can come up with "forgotten" material every week, but I'll do what I can.

Evan: welcome to my blog! I hope you stick around.


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