Saturday, 11 February 2012

Mischief (1985)

It’s rather odd watching a film made in 1985 and set in 1956 will this temporal disparity work?

The honest answer. I quite enjoyed Mischief, its an almost painfully aware take on the 1950s and coming of age that strikes redolent of the excellent “Stand By Me”. However where that dealt with death, this deals with life. vlcsnap-2012-02-11-18h10m49s186

The story is one we have seen many times, the odd couple (in this case the shy everyman and the cool out of Towner) become firm friends and set their sight on the local girls. The cool Gene is smitten for Bunny (played by the ever so gorgeous Catherine Mary Stewart) and the slightly awkward and naive Jonathan is obsessed by the sexy but slightly loose Marilyn (played by Mr Travolta, Kelly Preston). The film is very well written with a great 50s soundtrack and all of the core characters are well observed and likeable. For me the film is made by the turnaround of the story, becoming about Gene and Bunny rather then the more obvious John and Marilyn. This adds a level of interest in the movie that would otherwise not be there. vlcsnap-2012-02-11-18h16m07s40

Essentially Mischief (which is a TERRIBLE title) is a coming of age film bringing together a well blended combination of sexual awareness from Jonathan and responsibility from Gene. Its one of those rare films that, despite its few narrative flaws, feels like a journey and a true coming of age.

Well worth a look and a surprising gem hidden in  my 80s selection.

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