Perhaps one of the greatest John Hughes films which is still as entertaining today as the year it was released.
A teenager’s versions of Frankenstein, as the two main males of this film are inspired by the 1931 Universal film which they’re watching one night over the weekend. This is a film of two characters who are outsiders, wishing they were more popular than they are as the only friends they have are each other. Even Wyatt’s (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) older brother Chet (Bill Paxton) treats him like rubbish. Gary (Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt are perfect for each other in that they seem so lost in being the outsiders, Gary the big dreamer while Wyatt is the down to earth type. When the two create Lisa (Kelly LeBrock), they find themselves the centre of attention in their young lives. The two bullies, Ian (Robert Downey Jr.) and Max (Robert Rusler) are instantly interested in finding out what is going on, while Deb (Suzanne Snyder) and Hilly (Judy Aronson) are beginning to find themselves frustrated with Max and Ian’s behaviour towards most people.
This is a great film for all of us who were the outsiders, who dreamed of better lives, of not being bullied and made to feel like losers for not being the so called norm… whatever that is.
We see two guys doing something with their lives, even if this is a fantasy version of what we could possibly do. Creating something and then finding themselves in situations which the pair had not thought out the possibilities and the consequences when they came up with the plan of creating Lisa. Of course this leads the two growing and finding that there is more to life than where they found themselves previously.
There are many situations and moments of this film which are brilliantly done, we laugh, we cringe, we cheer when we see Wyatt and Garry in certain moments.
John Hughes’ little moments of certain characters breaking the fourth wall is something which I always enjoyed about this film, in this film just a look to camera rather than the characters talking to the audience. This is a great teen film, a feel good and something which a fantastic watch. It may seem very 1980s, but that is one of the great plusses of the film, from the style of cloths, hair and music. This really is something teens of today will enjoy as much as those who watched this for the first time in the 1980s.