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Eight Days a Week (1997)

Eight Days a Week

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In this adolescent comedy, the beautiful Erica is the girl of young Peter's steamiest dreams. So moonstruck is Peter that he literally takes up residence in her yard. Every time Erica leaves the house, she is wearing a more provocative outfit, driving poor Peter to the brink of madness.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Davis
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 2, 2006
Runtime:
Underdog Productions

Cast

Mark Taylor
as Peter's Father
Mark L. Taylor
as Peter's Father
Marcia Shapiro
as Peter's Mother
Catherine Hicks
as Ms. Lewis
Mary Helen Sifford
as Angry Neighbor
Darlene Carr
as Erica's mother
Biff Manard
as The Sad Man
Darleen Carr
as Erica's mother
Annie O'Donnell
as Sad Man's Wife
Bill Hollis
as Mr. Hatfield
Ernestine Mercer
as Crazy Lady
Jean Pflieger
as Ms. McCoy
Jonathan Osser
as Young Peter
Stephanie Sawyer
as Young Erica
Stephen Cserhalmi
as Mister Myas
Vinnie Buffolino
as Young Nick
Gabrielle Boni
as Erica's Sister
Taylor Nix
as Robert
Jesse Hays
as Ten Year Old Peter
Jane Childerhose
as Mrs. Olsen
Jim Pappas
as Key Man
Robyn Fisch
as Biblical Pursuit Lad...
David Lind
as Mailman
Marcia Knott
as Matt's Mom
Peter Casey
as Matt's Dad
Andrew Allum
as Christian Friend
Gary Barker
as Christian Friend
Darryl Battino
as Christian Friend
Patrick Bezecka
as Christian Friend
Scott Blaco
as Christian Friend
Rick Blessing
as Christian Friend
Gerry Borts
as Christian Friend
Mark Branton
as Christian Friend
Matt Burgess
as Christian Friend
Curt Willoughby
as Christian Friend
Amy Ash
as Yard Sale Customer
Lynn Bonaprigo
as Yard Sale Customer
Kimberly Capleton
as Yard Sale Customer
Robert B. Churchill
as Yard Sale Customer
Joel Cohen
as Yard Sale Customer
Stuart Coleman
as Yard Sale Customer
Karen Desimone
as Yard Sale Customer
Gil Haines
as Yard Sale Customer
Angela Hamilton
as Yard Sale Customer
Jodi Kasowitz
as Yard Sale Customer
Desmond Lee
as Yard Sale Customer
Daniel Neryo
as Yard Sale Customer
Roslyn Fisch
as Yard Sale Customer
Peter Alexander
as Neighborhood Kid
Nicole Carr
as Neighborhood Kid
Mandy Matthews
as Neighborhood Kid
Team Schnakenberg
as Neighborhood Kid
Coleman Trapp
as Neighborhood Kid
Lindsay Buff
as Neighborhood Kid
Nicholas Hoyle
as Neighborhood Kid
Andrew Benavides
as Neighborhood Kid
Eric Herskowitz
as Neighborhood Kid
Rachel Ilous
as Neighborhood Kid
Kyle Nelson
as Neighborhood Kid
Kristie Tyrone
as Neighborhood Kid
Darlene Carr
as Erica's mother
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Critic Reviews for Eight Days a Week

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | April 8, 2003
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

April 8, 2003
AV Club
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Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A highlight of 1997 Slamdance Film Fest, this raunchy romantic comedy has a nice premise--a Romeo who won't take no as an answer--but no narrative or plot to speak of, though two leads are charming and Keri Russell shows potential to become a star.

Full Review… | August 20, 2007
EmanuelLevy.Com

Peter watches the neighborhood for entertainment, and, frankly, watching the grass grow would have been more entertaining for me than watching this movie.

Full Review… | May 24, 2006
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Eight Days a Week

½

This seems like almost the original of crude humor movies/romance. It was funny and enjoyable. I would watch it again.

Man, this is a weird film.

EIGHT DAYS A WEEK (Michael Davis, 1997) is about a teenager (Joshua Schaefer) who decides to camp out underneath the balcony of the girl next door (Keri Russell), who he is in love with. His hope is that if he stays out there all summer, until she goes off to college, she will fall in love with him.

Okay, if you stop reading this review here, I?m sure you would conclude that this is a bad film. I mean, let?s be real: not only would this never work in real life, but it would probably get you arrested. Only a nerd would think this was a good idea and believe that it could send a girl any message besides ?desperate, needy chump?, or alternatively, ?dangerously unhinged stalker?. This whole premise is preposterous, and based on this alone, I never should have wasted my time watching this film.

BUT?

The thing is, this is the most incredibly well-written bad movie I?ve ever seen in my life! The dialogue is witty! The gags are pretty funny! The acting is good! The kids are charming! I?ve honestly never seen a bad idea executed so well. It?s just bizarre! If this movie were about anything else, I probably would have said it was phenomenal. And yet, it has the worst premise for a film I have ever heard of, and somehow manages to work. The mind boggles.

Joshua Schaefer?s ?Peter? is the type of kid who will grow up to be Woody Allen. He?s far too clever for his age or this movie. A hopeless Romantic, he will never get what he wants. But his observations about life are spot on. Also, the setup of this film, of having the kid sit on his lawn and watch the neighborhood, and then think he sees somebody having been murdered (ala REAR WINDOW (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954) ? yes, I?m comparing this film to REAR WINDOW) is ingenious too, if not original. It?s a way to add visuals and humor to a story of a kid pretty much just sitting on some girl?s lawn. It?s a really well-constructed story, again, in spite of what it?s about, and I was really impressed by that. Also, the humor is just clever, and not in a smug, cynical sort of way. It?s really just funny, self-reflexive in one place, and just nicely written. It reminded me heavily of a movie I saw in like middle school called FROG (David Grossman, 1987), where a talking frog (!) helps a kid with his science project, and in the process get with a girl. Sweet, innocent, charming. It?s like that.

And that, in essence, is why it works: it?s a teenpic written like a kid?s movie. Despite having tons of raunchy, AMERICAN PIE (1999, Paul Weitz)-styled humor (though it predates that film), it?s remarkably cute, to the point that we the audience, like the kid, do wish we lived in a world where his plan would work. And we all gave up on that dream back in the eighties. It?s a nice throwback to that kind of film, but honestly, if it wasn?t executed this well, it would go horribly wrong really quickly. What?s even more bizarre is that this guy Michael Davis doesn?t have that many credits, but he pulls off this movie like a master. Such a shame he hasn?t done more.

So again, while I can?t rousingly endorse this movie because really, at the end of the day it?s a film about a loser stalking the girl of his dreams, I can honestly say that I did like it. Just goes to show the power of good writing and directing conquers all, even a bad idea.

A. Khan
Aslum Khan
½

For some reason I really enjoy this movie. Its an interesting story of young romance and a young man discovering himself through it. Humorous and sweet, it doesn't try too hard to be more than what it is.

BantamDraper
Jamison R

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