One Crazy Summer

Year: 1986
Production Co: A&M Films
Studio: Warner Bros
Director: Savage Steve Holland
Writer: Savage Steve Holland
Cast: John Cusack, Demi Moore, Joel Murray, Bobcat Goldthwait, Billie Bird
One of John Cusack and Savage Steve Holland's later efforts, not quite as absurdist as Better Off Dead and more of a straight romantic comedy with comic trappings and characters.

Cusack is a wannabe cartoonist Hoops, who accompanies his friend George (Murray) to Nantucket for a post-graduation break after they finish high school.

While there, George and Hops hook up with George's misfit friends and in Hoops' search for love, he pines from afar from the beautiful girlfriend of local rich boy and bully Teddy, but instead falls for outsider rock singer Cassandra (Moore).

The rest is a predictable hero's journey story as he wins the girl, unseats his nemesis in a climactic duel (a boat race) and wins the day with his new friends.

But you'll hardly noticed how asinine it is because of the endless and imaginative visual and scripting gags, from the radio competition-obsessed Uncle Frank and George's grandma making good on her hospitality by charging all her guests room and board to George's sister's ugly dog and Hoops' cartooning project constantly veering off the rails.

It's a wealth of early cameos from big roles (Bobcat Goldthwait) to small (Jeremy Piven) and endlessly watchable.

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