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1956: The shy Jonathan's luck with girls changes when he wins the rebellious Gene as a friend in his last year of highschool. Gene is adored by many girls and manages to teach Jonathan a ... See full summary »

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Gene Harbrough
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Claire Miller
Graham Jarvis ...
Mr. Miller
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Ted
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Harry Horner
Julie Noble ...
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1956: The shy Jonathan's luck with girls changes when he wins the rebellious Gene as a friend in his last year of highschool. Gene is adored by many girls and manages to teach Jonathan a few lessons. Gene himself would rather just be with one girl: his girlfriend Bunny. But since his father is poor, her parents don't accept him. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The first time seems like the worst time, but it's the one time you'll never forget!

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8 February 1985 (USA)  »

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Heart & Soul  »

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$8,700,000 (USA)
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The original title of the film was "Heart and Soul". It was then changed to "Getting Lucky". Finally, just prior to release they chose "Mischief". See more »

Goofs

In the interior shots of the Studebaker just before Jonathan runs over the fire hydrant, the left rear window is partially open, but when we see the wreck, the window is closed. Just after the wreck, the front bumper is undamaged. When he is driving home in the next scene, the bumper is badly bent. See more »

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Gene Harbrough: [Referring to Kenny] Who's he, the town asshole?
Jonathan Bellah: Yeah. And he's really good at it, too.
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References Teenage Rebel (1956) See more »

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Written by Buddy Holly (as Charles Hardin), Norman Petty
Performed by Buddy Holly and The Crickets
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The first time seem like the worst time, but it's the one time you'll never forget
23 October 2002 | by (Hamilton, Australia) – See all my reviews

When it comes to a fun, entertaining sex comedy, I don't think of 'American Pie', as there is a different movie at number one on my list - Mischief! When I recollect this movie, my first memories cast back to Jonathon as he is about feel the breast of the beautiful Marilyn. This then took me into a cinematic journey that I would never forget. This is a funny look at what it means for guys to get mixed up with booze, drag racing and girls, and how sex can affect a male in and out of the bedroom.

Meet Jonathon, the class nerd. He is haplessly working his way through adolescences and burning up with fevered dreams of somehow, someday, making it with the hottest girl in school. And meet Gene - the new kid on the block. He roars into town on a motorcycle - and has absolutely no problems with girls. Jonathon is hoping that maybe his new worldly friend can guide him out of virginity - and into the arms of the girl of his dreams.

One of the main reasons I was so fascinated by Mischief was its screenplay. It was well written by Noel Black. I like the contrast that he presented. On the one hand we have Jonathon and his quest of trying to get the girl of 'his dreams'. Then on the other hand we have Gene, who is also struggling, but in a much different and serious way. Seeing him always get into trouble allows the film to flow, and does not make it too orientated its underlying theme, which is sex.

I also enjoy the way this movie was presented. I like how the movie starts, admitting that it might be about something strange, it's as if it was trying to make fun of itself. This I believe is the good work of director Mel Damski. I also like the 50's feel that he gave, as the time seemed accurate, as was the background setting, including movies and music, as was the dress and customs that were popular in those days. If this had been wrong then this movie would have been in real trouble. I am sure that Damski wanted everything to be as close to 1956 as possible.

The characters in Mischief are funny and intriguing. The main character is the hopeless Jonathon who was played grandly by Doug McKeon. Jonathon is a klutz, the school clown and it is no wonder that he is in so much trouble when it comes to girls. However once he meets up with Gene, they strike up a terrific friendship, although they are quite different people. Gene was performed well by Chris Nash. His character is a very meaningful one to this movie, as his circumstances make him a 'loser' just like Jonathon. Gene's nemesis in the movie is Kenny, 'the town asshole' as it is put. Kenny is performed well by D.W. Brown.

The female casts in this movie is amazing. This film enlightened me to how wonderful a girl, Kelly 'Mrs. Travolta' Preston really is. Seeing her in all her glory was a true movie delight. I am certain one of the main reasons people watch this movie is so they can see Kelly Preston naked. I also like the other female roles such as Bunny (Catherine Mary Stewart) and Rosalie (Jami Gertz). In fact, Jonathon and Rosalie's characters reflect the change that has taken place from the start to the end of the movie. They are like two different people.

There are some classic scenes in Mischief. I like the introduction between Gene and Jonathon. It is amusing when Gene admits to Jonathon that he got kicked out of school for sleeping with two girls. After hearing this, Jonathon is literally in awe of the guy, questioning 'Really?'. I found the scenes were Gene sticks up for himself and his friend to be very genuine as we are all wondering what 'mischief' Gene will get into next. However all the scenes with Jonathon and Marilyn are priceless. The sex scene between the pair is humorous and pivotal to the movie's story as the audience is wondering whether Jonathon will get laid or not. Yet the scenes leading up to this are all wonderful. Scenes such as the dropping of the pencil in class, the touching of Marilyn's breast and the 'fooling around' in the Studebaker, make for one hilarious time and keen for you to want to see more. Also, the final scenes to mischief are a fitting conclusion to a very funny movie.

I like the use of music in Mischief. While it is very old music, it paints a very accurate picture of the time and makes many individual scenes feel very 'mischievous'. Classic hits such as 'Ain't that a shame', 'See you later Alligator', 'Only you', 'Since I met you baby', the Elvis hit 'Don't be cruel, 'That'll be the day' and the closing theme of 'Heart and Soul, are all excellent songs and make for one impressive soundtrack.

Mischief is the first film of its kind that I had ever seen. Perhaps you could say it was my sort of 'sexual awakening', as I was going through puberty when I first 'laid' eyes on it. This sex comedy makes good use of the word 'mischief', as its teenage character can't help but get into trouble, with the consequences always being enormous. I also remember my Mother and Father wanting to ban my friends and I from viewing Mischief, as they thought it was not suitable for young eyes. Luckily we were able to watch it, as we all loved it and refer to it all the time as one of our all-time 'favourite' films. There is no doubting that is a fact.

CMRS gives 'Mischief': 4.5 (Very Good - Brilliant Film)


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