1985, Comedy/Mystery and thriller, 1h 36m13 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings
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Like "Red Dawn," "Gotcha!" uses love of country as a marketing device, a way to capture the teen audience that voted for Reagan.January 3, 2018 | Full Review…
It's a fairly good movie -- good enough to make us wish it had tried a little harder.October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
a decidedly uneven movie, and not without its pleasures, even though it is difficult not to notice its various plot holes, lapses in logic, and (arguably amusing) datednessOctober 16, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
A PG-13 piffle.October 13, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
This material might have worked if, say, the late German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder had reshaped it into a perverse comedy. As it is, Fiorentino... ought to be put to more imaginative use than this.August 3, 2015 | Full Review…
Uninspired sophomoric spy caper.January 23, 2006 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for Gotcha!
Sep 06, 2010I caught this movie on TV a while ago, I remember it being exciting and kinda funny too. I really enjoyed it, and I'd like to see it again.Aj V Super Reviewer
Nov 10, 2008The teen movie is funny, mystery and excitement - it's like James Bond in college. Anthony Edwards is well-cast as the young man being whirled into the wicked world of espionage behind the Iron Curtain, and Linda Fiorentino is so seductive and sexy in a strange mysterious way.Dean M Super Reviewer
Sep 17, 2008Here's a movie that, for many reasons, could never be made today. In its opening sequence, college students run all over campus with black paint guns, shooting at each other. The mere sight of something like that today would send people running a panic, and lead to endless highlights on CNN. The students are playing "Gotcha!", a game where they compete against others in an assassination-type game involving red paint pellets. One of the best players is Jonathan (Anthony Edwards), and it's about the only thing he's good at. When he and his lothario roomate take off on a European trip, he meets the seductive Sasha (Linda Fiorentino), that is all too willing to show him the ways of the world. What Jonathan doesn't know is that Sasha is a spy. Here's the other area where the movie couldn't be made today. Firmly cemented in 1985, the movie was made when the Berlin Wall, and communism split Germany in half. The plot simply wouldn't fly today. Sasha lures Jonathan to East Berlin, and ends up dragging him into a cat and mouse game with Germans, Russians, and any number of people that would just as soon kill you as look at you. Edwards is a likeable doofus, and comes across as a believable character who finds he has more wits and cunning that he gave himself credit for. The husky voice Fiorentino does two things in this movie very well...smoke, and get naked. The latter of which is surprising given the movies PG-13 rating. Director Jeff "Revenge Of The Nerds" Kanew makes excellent use of the Eurpoean surroundings. From tourist attractions to back alleys, the movie has a real feel that sells it far more than if they had gone the cheap route and shot it on a backlot. The movie does take a little while to get moving, and occasionally falls a little too deeply into slapstick when it comes to its humor. But it is a fun revisit to the 80's, and showcases when times were both safer and more dangerous at the same time.RJ M Super Reviewer
Jul 25, 2008Another old one from Goose with hair! This must be when my Dad got the illegal device to get HBO...good stuff.Chad R Super Reviewer
|Jonathan Moore:||You are very beautiful.... I just didn't want you to forget. [on being told by her she knew she was beautiful]|
|Jonathan Moore:||Jonathan: I thought he was KGB from Russia Al: He's a CPA from Encino... are you Crazy?|
|Jonathan Moore:||I thought he was KGB from Russia|
|Al:||He's a CPA from Encino... are you Crazy?|