1985 was a big year for cinema. 30 years ago, this week, one film was released that was the epitome of the 80s teen-sex-comedy, all-too common fare, good for a few smiles. May I present, Secret Admirer.
Growing up, this wasn’t a film that I would voluntarily seek out, but, like a mediocre song if it happened to be on, I wouldn’t change the channel. It had a somewhat stellar cast, as far as 80s movies go: C. Thomas Howell (PonyBoy!), Lori Laughlin, Kelly Preston (Pre-Travolta), Dee Wallace Stone (mother in every movie, right?), and even sported a prepubescent Corey Haim. There was so much promise! Unfortunately, the delivery came across in a very Three’s Company sort of way. You can check out the trailer by Clicking Here.
The movie has a hint of Cyrano to it, but without the classic charm. Boy has a crush on unattainable blonde bombshell. Boy’s best friend is a chick who secretly loves him. Boy write love letter to Blonde. Best Friend doctors note and makes improvements. Note somehow gets inadvertently passed around amongst their parents, triggering much jealousy and accusations of adultery. Boy finally gets Blonde, continually with the aide of Best Friend. Boy discovers Blonde is too shallow for him. Eventually realizes Best Friend wrote the note. Best Friend wins Boy in the end.
It’s definitely not the worst movie ever made. Predictable, sometimes implausible, but cute. If you’re looking for a glimpse of the cheesy way in which Hollywood portrayed teens in the early to mid 80s, this is your movie. If, however, you’d like to see virtually the same plot delivered in a movie with substance, I’d recommend getting a copy of Some Kind of Wonderful.
Hope you are enjoying this weekly trip down memory lane circa 1985. Stay tuned, for next week we shall Return to Oz!