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Pick-up Summer (1980)
"Pinball Summer" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  March 1981 (USA)
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It's a summer of fun for two teenaged boys who spend their time chasing two sisters, annoying a biker gang, and basically getting into typical sophomoric hijinks whenever they can.

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Steve
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Donna
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Suzy
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Bert (as Tom Kovacs)
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Whimpy
Joy Boushel ...
Sally (as Joy Boushell)
J. Robert Maze ...
Pete
Matthew Stevens ...
Rod
Sue Ronne ...
Pam
Bob King ...
Biker #1
Rob Stein ...
Biker #2
Rob Ferguson ...
Biker #3
Roland Nincheri ...
Counsellor Frank Jelnick
Lyn Jackson ...
Mrs. Jelnick
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Do kids today think of anything but cruising around, playing games and "making out"? Not the kids from this suburban town who decide to live it up when school lets out. Chief cruisers are Greg and his buddy, Steve. Their targets? Two bouncy, fun-loving sisters, Donna and Suzy. Their hang-outs? "O.J.'s Drive-In," where the gang meets to eat, and "Pete's Arcade." A cast of colorful characters includes: Bert and his gang of punk bikers; Whimpy-"Pete's" inept fix-it man; Sally-an appetizing waitress...how far she goes nobody knows; the town flasher, who risks catching pneumonia every chance he gets, and two cops who spend all their time keeping up with the local "loonies." Anything and everything goes! Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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"See what they're getting us into already."
8 May 2011 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this cheaply madcap, low-brow Canadian teen sex comedy… as I found it hard not be smitten by its passionate shenanigans. Not much goes on… well actually, yes there's a lot going (schools out and summer awaits with teens running wild and getting in all sorts of trouble), but its something like a senseless parade lynch together than anything that really resembles a story. It's basically plot-less (although the film does feature two guys trying to impress two sisters and there's a pinball competition which could be seen as the backbone to all of this fooling about), instead it's made up of spontaneously breezy episodes where it just wants to break out a song interlude every five minutes. In which case it does, as someone was definitely popping coins in the jukebox hooking up those bouncy, if unbelievably cheesy tracks. So why think about it though, it promises fun with its constant raunchiness, carefree slapstick and crass jokes. Dialogues are crude, but comically cheeky ("Come on Steve, at least he got the measurements right"). The girls are voluptuous in their skimpy outfits, the guys are rowdily juvenile and the grown-ups are just clueless. It's all stereotypical, but that's the charm. Michael Zelniker and Carl Marotte are amusing as the goofball lads, while the beautiful Karen Stephen and Helen Ude (sister of Claudia) give typically sweet performances as their girlfriends. Thomas Kovacs is picture-perfect in his role as the snake-like Bert, a biker who gets around with three buddies. Also having memorable parts are the curvy Joy Boushel (just wait for strip pinball), Joey McNamara, J Robert Maze and Matthew Steven as a spoiled rich kid. Director George Mihalka ("My Bloody Valentine") plays it in a farcical manner, by teasing with the camera and frenetically letting it unfold.

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