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Foolin' Around (1980)

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A working-class boy falls for a girl from a wealthy family, and must compete for her with a rich boy who also wants her.

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Wes
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Susan
John Calvin ...
Whitley
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Daggett
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Samantha
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Peddicord
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Clay
Shirley Kane ...
Aunt Eunice
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Bronski (as W.H. Macy)
Beth Bosacker ...
Rickie
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Blue
Gene LeBell ...
Paul
Susan Bishop
Reuben Singer
Thomas V. Mikkelsen
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A working-class boy falls for a girl from a wealthy family, and must compete for her with a rich boy who also wants her.

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Comedy | Romance | Sport

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19 December 1980 (South Korea)  »

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Daggett - a retired tycoon, Susan's grandfather: [Daggett to Wes] Your dog can be a friend, booze can be your friend, but if you have a girl for a friend you'll end up drunk kissing your dog.
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Delightful little film, with great character performances
1 April 2000 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

"Foolin' Around" is one of those films that harkens back to 1930s screwball comedy, and that knows enough not to take itself too seriously. Likewise, it knows one of the key lessons of such comedies -- get likeable leads together with wonderful supporting actors to make the genre work.

Busey (one of my favorite actors when he's on his game) plays a good ol' boy who's going to the University of Minnesota who falls in love with fellow coed O'Toole. Despite the fact that she's ostensibly spoken for (with obnoxious boor Calvin), a romance blooms between the two of them, not the least because her grandfather (Eddie Albert, in an extremely fun character performance) sees in Busey a lot of the same blue collar roots and values that brought him to the top. Busey is wonderfully likeable (as he usually is) as is O'Toole, but it is Albert, Cloris Leachman (as O'Toole's status-conscious mother) and Tony Randall (hilarious as their stiff-as-a-board butler) that really get into the screwball spirit. Randall's efforts to keep track of a mysteriously disappearing and reappearing bag and his (off-screen) sex scene with Leachman are among the many highlights in this film.

On a one-to-ten scale, this film definitely hits a 7 1/2.


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