A young man is in love for the first time. However, his girlfriend is older than him, from a rich family and has more experience with relationships. Their love is sometimes emotionally draining, but physically very passionate. Can it last?



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Complete credited cast:
Elgin Smith
Caroline Hedges
David Bonner
John March
Tom Lacy ...
Professor Oxtan
June Barrett ...
Pat O'Hara ...
Zookeeper (as Patrick O'Hara)
Jenny Hill ...
Girl in Bar - Bonnie


Elgin Smith is a student attending Ridgedale College, he who spends his time working part time as a waiter on campus to pay for what his partial scholarship won't, studying, attending classes, or kicking around a soccer ball to get some exercise (as he isn't very good at the actual game to get much real playing time in his pickup league). He doesn't have much of an active sex life as he isn't in a relationship and he wants to equate making love with actual love, not only from his own perspective but also that of the other person in the relationship. In that respect, he is unlike his dorm neighbor, David Bonner, who has sex with his girlfriend Felicia, while he fools around behind her back with another girl named Shelley. Elgin's life may change when he becomes infatuated with a student on campus on first sight, she who he will learn is named Caroline Hedges. As Elgin is able to spend time with her, he, without truly knowing that much about her, does fall in love with her, as he ... Written by Huggo

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1 June 1978 (Netherlands)  »

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William Katt was approached three times to play the lead role of Elgin Smith before he finally agreed to do it. See more »


[first lines]
[a faceless leg, belonging to Elgin Smith, is kicking around a soccer ball by himself]
Elgin Smith: [breathless voice over] Inside. All right. Make it good, let's do that again. OK coach, why aren't you watching now. Watch out, Pele. Let's top that ball - top it. Yeah. Let's do it again. All right. Smith, the mighty foot, moves downfield with amazing agility. Intense concentration. Ah, you've been reading too much, Ben. Oh!
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That's Enough For Me
Written by Paul Williams
Performed by Paul Williams
Courtesy of A&M Records
[Played while Caroline is on the train leading into the final scene at the zoo]
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Sweet and naive
7 July 2001 | by (Staten Island, NY) – See all my reviews

William Katt is very cute as a sweet and naive college student learning about love and sex for the first time. The director does a good job conveying this simplicity as the overall motif for the film. A very appropriate Cat Stevens soundtrack also contributes to the proceedings. Susan Dey is quite good as Katt's older-woman love interest. Then, just when the film has us in its grip, it lets us go in an ending of meaningless platitudes. I still liked it overall, but felt a bit let down with the unimaginitve ending.

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