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A teenager has to deal with his girlfriend dumping him among family crises, homicidal paper boys, and a rival skier.

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Jenny Meyer
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Badger Meyer
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Mrs. Smith
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Yee Sook Ree
Brian Imada ...
Chen Ree
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Rocko
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Beth Truss
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Roy Stalin
Frank Burt Avalon ...
Roy's Ski Buddy #1
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Lane Meyer is a depressed teen who loses his girlfriend Beth. Her given reason for breaking up is: "Lane, I think it'd be in my best interest if I dated somebody more popular. Better looking. Drives a nicer car." Anyway, poor Lane is left alone and thinks up treacherous ways of killing himself. He finally meets a French beauty called Monique and falls for her. Simultaneously, he must endure his mother's terrible cooking which literally slides off the table and his disgusting next door neighbour Ricky (and his mum) while he prepares for the skiing race of his life - to get his old girlfriend back! Written by Michael Feller <reb@magna.com.au>

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Insanity doesn't run in the family, it gallops. See more »

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11 October 1985 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Lane's little brother, Badger, has no lines in the entire film. See more »

Goofs

Bike tracks across the infield indicating numerous takes. See more »

Quotes

Lane Myer: [indicating to Mrs. Smith's accident] Gee, I'm really sorry your mom blew up, Ricky, guess she won't be able to eat any spicy foods for awhile.
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Crazy Credits

As the credits roll, Badger's home-built space shuttle launches through the roof of the garage and soars into the night sky. See more »

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Dancing In Isolation
Music by Rupert Hine
Lyrics by Torrence Merdur
Performed by Terri Nunn
Produced by Rupert Hine
Terri Nunn's services courtesy of Geffen Records and Phonogram Records
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Everybody Wants Some....
10 March 1999 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

I recently held a movie survey for an upcoming 12-hour "silly film" party at my house. This movie, surprisingly, was the top title to be voted on out of about 40 movies. Then I thought about it a bit - I loved this flick, and over 14 years, videos have been rented and others saw it and love it as well. What other flick can have a homicidal paper boy, a japanese guy who speaks only as howard cosell, a car that has darkened our driveway for six months, the k-12, and charles demar? The love story inside of it is good as well. "Reminds me of the moonshine Ricky's dead pappy used to make - God Bless him!" 9 of 10.


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