Screwballs (1983)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  1 April 1983 (USA)
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Frolicking youth comedy about zany high school students set in the 1960s.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rick McKay
Kent Deuters ...
Brent Van Dusen III
Linda Speciale ...
Purity Busch
Alan Deveau ...
Howie Bates
Bootsie Goodhead
Jason Warren ...
Melvin Jerkovski
James Coburn ...
Tim Stevenson (as Jim Coburn)
Terrea Smith ...
Rhonda Rockett (as Terrea Foster)
Donnie Bowes ...
Principal Stuckoff
Kimberly Brooks ...
Miss Boudoir
Nicky Fylan ...
Vince the Prince
Paula Farmer ...
Miss Shivers
Joe Crozier ...
Ward Busch
Heather Smith ...
June Busch
Nola Wale ...
Mrs. Roach


Starting a new tradition of sex comedy, T & A High School, five boys meet in the detention room thanks to the evil virgin princess Purity Busch. RICK - dressed as a doctor and gave breast exams to the high school new comers. BRENT - sexually teased Purity in French class. MELVIN - caught masturbating in the meat locker. HOWIE - rearranged the mirrors in order to see up the skirts of cheerleaders after practice. And TIM - tricked into entering the girls washroom. Each one fooled by Purity, they want revenge. Each one makes a pact to deflower the virgin, but all have failed. Their only chance is to work together with others of the school to get her at the homecoming game. Written by Wallace Entertainment

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The comedy that goes all the way! See more »




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Release Date:

1 April 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los rompecocos  »

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$800,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Rafal Zielinski approached the film like it was a live action cartoon. See more »


When Jerkofski is getting set up with the spy gear on the beach, a character say "I saw this on 'Mission Impossible'". That show first aired in 1966, and the movie takes place before that. See more »


Principal Stuckoff: Do you gentlemen know the meaning of the word vermin? Heathens? Scum? Trash? Degenerates?
Melvin Jerkovski: [raising hand] I think I know what trash means...
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Followed by Screwball Hotel (1988) See more »


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A breakfast club that bakes American pie before some memorable bowling.
14 January 2010 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Directed by Rafal Zielinski and written by Linda Shayne (who also stars) and Jim Wynorski (a name familiar to fans of schlock and responsible for directing many films himself, including the minor brilliance that is Chopping Mall), Screwballs is a teen sex comedy and doesn't pretend to have any depth to it whatsoever. Like it or lump it.

The slim plot sees five lads ending up in detention together and coming up with a plan/bet to make sure at least one of them sees or gropes the assets of the virginal Purity Busch. That's it. No, really. That's IT!

Screwballs already looks and feels like an antiquated relic from a bygone age, hell even a prehistoric era. Yet, somehow, it still gets by and manages to entertain through it's sheer exuberance and the fact that everyone takes a turn at being the butt of a joke. As is required in this particular type of movie, there is some nudity but nothing really that shocking by today's standards.

The performances are quite broad, the look of the thing is cheap and the soundtrack is not going to have you rushing to the stores to seek out the album but it's still not really a bad example of the teen sex comedy film.

Throw in a couple of actual decent gags and one-liners such as the game of strip bowling, the name of the school and the "who was that masked man" line that I find really funny and you have a decent, if somewhat juvenile, comedy.

I'd also add that the 6/10 rating given here is derived from a mixture of a recent viewing and fond memories of seeing this before I could even understand all of the innuendos.

See this if you like: Porky's, American Pie, Lemon Popsicle.

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