Screened as part of NZIFF 2009
Showing a keen affinity for the embarrassment of his own formative years, filmmaker Greg Mottola brings back the 80s and makes a coming-of-age comedy with real feeling.
“As in Superbad and The Daytrippers, director Greg Mottola plows the salted fields of conventional movieland comedy – in this case that means hormone-crazed youth, summer jobs, an amusement park – and comes up with something startlingly fresh and amazingly unstupid. An absolutely note-perfect rendering of early-80s nowheresville boredom, great lead performances by Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart and an irresistible supporting cast of convincing suburban archetypes. You'll believe you were there – and quite possibly you were.” — Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
“The 80s, at least at the time, appeared drenched in irony... It's Mottola's funny and touching inspiration to look back and see how unself-conscious the decade now seems.” — Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly