John Cusack's lovelorn, bumbling character is endearing in this movie as he woos the high school valedictorian in the couple's last summer before college and/or real life beckons. The attitudes, slang, and even the music, I am sorry to report---all seem a little dated now. The acting is well-done all down the line, from Cusack's wise-cracking, broken hearted gal- pal, to his love's financially strapped father who resorts to unethical dealings in order to finance his dreams for his daughter.
Some of the premises are also funnily flawed----who, even the brightest high schooler, gets a "fellowship" grant to study in Britain before setting foot in an American university?(...)
Just a little raunchy but essentially sweet and modest in tone, here is teenage life of the 1980, still fresh from the "angst aspect" even though dated otherwise.