Mischief (1985)



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This entertaining teen comedy is set in the effervescent 1950s and involves the friendship of the introverted, clumsy Jonathan (Doug McKeon) and the nonconformist, extroverted Gene (Chris Nash). Jonathan's main objective is to win over the sexy Marilyn (Kelly Preston), in spite of his shyness, while Gene has his own love-life to maintain with his girlfriend Bunny (Catherine Mary Stewart) -- as well as counseling Jonathan on how to attract women. Gene also has to defend himself against Kenny (D.W. Brown) the class bully while trying to work out a borderline relationship with his widowed father, who has zero tolerance for his often wild escapades. As Jonathan and Gene handle life's challenges, the 1950s emerges as a potent presence on screen in the form of background setting, including movies and music, as well as dress and customs that were popular in that distinctive era.


Doug McKeon
as Jonathan
Maggie Blye
as Claire Miller
Graham Jarvis
as Mr. Travis
Terry O'Quinn
as Claude Harbrough
Bob McGuire
as Mr.Hewitt
Andrew Ream
as Harry Horner
Bob Banks
as Mr. Hartman
Charles Dodrill
as Mr. Harstadt
Jordan Baker
as Mrs. Newell
Phillip S. Wilson
as Mr. McCauley
Clarence Glover
as Police Officer
John Miranda
as Drive-In Manager
Tim Cutt
as Truck Driver
Sarah Maclay
as Girl at Drive-In
Jami Gertz
as Rosalie
Julie Noble
as Mrs. McCauley
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Critic Reviews for Mischief

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

"Mischief," in other words, is echt teen sex comedy, hitting its marks in the way a skilled carpenter drives home his millionth nail.

Jan 4, 2018 | Full Review…

A must-see for Kelly Preston fans.

May 24, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

...Mischief's characters are likeable and engaging enough to ensure that the movie's raunchier moments feel organic.

May 16, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

An unremarkable exploration of adolescence.

Aug 21, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

Nothing new on the narrative front, but Damski's approach to the mid-50's feel (and the extensive usage of popular songs from the era) helps to keep this amiable comedy afloat.

Jan 14, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mischief

I really liked this movie, the plot is a simple romantic comedy, but it has all the charm and rebelliousness of a 50s teen flick combined with the fun and sexiness of an 80s teen film. Plus, it has a more realistic look at teen romance than other movies of the time, I think. Overall, it's a good movie, and I'd recommend it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

This is a hilarious movie! Filled with lots of laughter, from beginning to end. Loved it!!

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer


Good 80's coming-of-age movie.

Wu Chouin
Wu Chouin

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