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Year: 1991
Studio: Universal
Director: Bryan Gordon
Producer: John Hughes
Writer: John Hughes
Cast: Frank Whaley, Jennifer Connelly, Dermot Mulroney, Barry Corbin

A comedy from the very early 90s starring a young Frank Whaley as a self-important pinhead who doesn't achieve any sort of redemption nor is relieved on the delusions of his own infallibility would normally be near-unwatchable.

Whaley is Jim, a bozo who can't hang onto a job and who – even when he's reduced to taking a job as a night janitor in the local Target department store – still can't pull his shit together, making more of a mess than he's supposed to clean up.

I'm sure it's supposed to make him funny and endearing but he just irritated me. On his first and only night at work Josie (Connelly), the beautiful daughter of a local industrialist, gets locked into the store with him after intending to shoplift as an ill-advised way of rebelling against her father.

The two are lost souls who connect, smash the establishment, trash most of the store and decide to change their lives over the course of the night. For some reason their plans and character development are galvanised and further put into action by two bumbling burglars in a subplot that's mostly redundant.

About ten minutes in I knew I wouldn't have kept watching under normal circumstances, but the reason I kept at it was the same reason it was on my list in the first place. And if you've read my reviews of Labyrinth, Rocketeer, Inventing the Abbotts, The Hot Spot and a host of other films, I won't go on for too long about the ethereal, sublime, otherwordly, breathtaking beauty of Jennifer Connelly as Josie, circa 20 years old.

It's worth watching Whaley mug his way through the painful lines for five minutes just for a two second glimpse of this earthbound angel, but if you can't stand even that much, just search on YouTube for the roller skating scene. It's the sexiest thing you've ever seen in your life where they have their clothes on.

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