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Posted on 5/24/10 05:33 AM
This has to be one of the best movies that I have ever seen. Sure it sounds like an overstatement, but the simple humor and lack of vulgarity is what really makes this film such an enjoyment to watch.
Take the parade scene for example. Never before while watching a film have I felt so good. It was an odd feeling that rarely happens when I'm watching a movie, but more importantly, in my opinion, is that it left a sense of nostalgia within me. It was the 1980s, and everyone was having a blast-singing, dancing, and just enjoying life. I think America is missing that spark, and I'm glad this film portrayed that in such a purely simple perspective.
It's plain to see while watching this film that it was the precursor to the Home Alone series. The creepy weirdo (Ed Rooney) climbing around the house, peeking into windows, and poking his head through the doggy door to meet a nasty surprise (the German Sheppard) are all ideas that will eventually make their way to the Home Alone movies.
The adults in this film really are made to be morons. I don't think a parent, or teacher for that matter, would be so gullible as to not question their child's (or student's) actions and ulterior motives.
I never knew that the director, John Hughes, directed most of these teenage comedy flicks of the 1980s and early 1990s. He did a great job in capturing that stupid behavior that most teenagers unconsciously possess.
Nine sick days in one semester? Twenty's slowly becoming the norm, if you ask me.
Oh, and by the way. When the kids were trying to reset the mileage, why didn't they just set it back down to zero and drive it up from there? Of course I'm not sure if cars were capable of even doing that, but it seems like it could have worked.