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Even for someone who watches some of the cheesiest, B-rate films, I did not enjoy this film. The plot is almost identical to "Better Off Dead," and while some will shrug that off as the '80s way, I can't. It's just not worth watching two movies with the same plot, nevermind main character.
The movie starts with an animated segment, one of a handful that happen throughout the film, reminiscent of a bad Saturday morning cartoon. Each time a new animation starts, Hoops has learned something new about love, and gets closer to nailing his scholarship assignment. Other than the fluffy bunnies of life aspect, these segments are rather annoying and distracting. Although the corniness fits perfectly with the cheesy '80s movie thing this film has going for it. I found myself getting bored about 10 minutes into "One Crazy Summer" because I could predict exactly what was going to happen, the lines were unimaginative and the characters were undeveloped. As sad as I am to give this movie such a rough review, after all John Cusack is my main man, I just can't pretend I enjoyed it.
Of all the '80s movies Cusack was in, this may be my least favorite, with "Say Anything" being my absolute favorite. While he tends to play the same kind of sensitive, love sick teen, Cusack either nails the performance or just completely blows it, depending on the quality of the material. This was definitely one of those that he doesn't seem to have put a whole lot of effort into and the film suffers on account of this. Moore also seems to have just been in this film as a way to get a paycheck, as her performance is also pretty lackluster.
I really can't think of something I enjoyed in this movie. Maybe I was not in a good '80s flick mood, or maybe this film is just boring, but I don't suggest wasting your time watching it when there are plenty of other awesome films from that decade. If you are jonesing for a good '80s film to watch, try "Say Anything" or to be a little less cliche, check out "The Secret of my Success."
Rating: 1-and-a-half out of 5 stars