Johnny Walker (Anthony Michael Hall) is a high school football star with one too many options for college. He wants to go to State with his girlfriend Georgia (Uma Thurma), but all of the other campuses around America are sending their slimest recruiters and throwing everything they have at him, his coach, best friend (Robert Downey Jr.), and his family to get him to sign with them instead. They fly him all over the place, show him the facilities, introduce the women and they’re not shy, and make him party like he’s twenty-one. Will he screw it all up? Will he give into his ego and choose a brief career in football with no real education or fall back? Or will he be good and go to the place that has nothing to offer and will treat him like everybody else?
It's a bit of a moral dilemma; be tempted by greed, or stick to the path of good and get an education. I didn’t expect that from such a film. I thought it was going to be all about who can get laid the most, drink the most, and still come out on top. But no, it has good morals. And it really does well at presenting the adult world problems to the young adult. I liked this part a lot. This is where Johnny grows as a character.
And yes, I realise that his name is the same as the liquor. Who knows if that was on purpose or not.
Robert Downey Jr. is crazy. That’s all.
It’s funny to note that Robert Downey Snr. was also in the film as the NCAA inspector.
Everything is over the top. The recruiters are pushy and chasing him. There are fan girls. They have a parade through their coach’s house as payback for him trying to recruit him to a school of his choice, that and because he’s an asshole. And played so perfectly by , the asshole from The Breakfast Club. And don’t get started with the eighties fashion. Johnny is sporting the beginnings of a mullet.
A good story, with a well written script. Though, prepare for some filthy language, but that’s the reason we love the eighties; nothing was clean. I particularly like the coach’s opening speech to rally his players, “step on their balls” and other things that really meant the pray to God at the beginning was all bullshit. Nicely done.
Definitely watch this one. But only do so after you’ve seen Anthony Michael Hall as the geek in the early eighties, then this will have so much more meaning to you. Trust me. I feel all warm and fuzzy after seeing the geek grow up, now I have to go and find what he looks like today. A great Sunday afternoon watch.