For a brief period in the mid/late eighties, the two Coreys (Feldman and Haim) were petite teen pin-ups, sort of bargain-basement alternatives to Michael J Fox. Haim (the squeaky-voiced, spikey-haired one) and Feldman (the baritoned one), who also appeared together in The Lost Boys, here star in a driving comedy that’s actually not as bad as you may expect. At the beginning of the movie, young Les (Haim, who died in 2010) fails his driving test, destroying his fantasy of being able to take hot schoolgirl Mercedes (Heather Graham) out on Saturday night. But having a licence isn’t going to stop him at least trying, so he steals his grandfather’s beloved Cadillac and sets off on an evening of disasters that he needs his best pal (Feldman, of course) to bail him out of.
It’s like a junior Blind Date as everything that can go wrong does, and is very similar to another slightly more adult 1988 comedy (starring Keanu Reeves), The Night Before. Neither are great works of art, but they pass the time amiably enough.
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