I found this movie quite by chance in a local video store and decided to see it because Ann-Margret is one of my favorite actresses, not to mention one of the most beautiful women in the world. It also stars the gorgeous Kelly Preston and B-movie king C. Thomas Howell. It starts out as many teen romantic comedies of the '80s, but it has its own flavor and mature themes which make it stand out.
Howell and Preston are boyfriend and girlfriend in smalltown USA. They're about to graduate high school. He wants to go the next level with her, but she's holding back. You get the feeling she's a bit of a shrew as well. Ann-Margret stars as Preston's mom. She has her own baggage with an estranged husband and difficult relationship with her daughter.
After breaking up with Preston, Howell kind of stumbles into a romantic relationship with the Ann-Margret. They feel a strong attraction for each other and consummate their relationship, but it looks like it doesn't have a chance of surviving, what with their age difference and familial scrutiny. Ann-Margret gets pregnant, and how they handle this unplanned event and the future of their relationship is what makes this movie a winner.
There are a number of memorable quirky scenes, like with the pet tiger of the title, and the hilarious outdoors make-out scene with Howell and Ann-Marget when they disturb some wasps. I highly recommend this film.