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You Can't Hurry Love (1988)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  20 January 1988 (USA)
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A comedy of a guy who moonlights as a low-budget director of commercials, and is looking for someone to love. So, he pays a dating service and is videotaped on several occasions. The film ... See full summary »



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A comedy of a guy who moonlights as a low-budget director of commercials, and is looking for someone to love. So, he pays a dating service and is videotaped on several occasions. The film shows the many women who seduce our hero, until he finally finds his true love... Written by Ari Herzog <>

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Sometimes, you just have to be yourself. See more »


Comedy | Romance


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20 January 1988 (USA)  »

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Greetings from L.A.  »

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Won't you take me to...Phonytown. (spoilers)
5 November 2005 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

Fans of the obscure 80s comedy, 'Odd Jobs' (in which Scott McGinnis, who plays Skip here, also co-stars) might want to try out this rather silly romantic comedy, although it lacks much of the stupid humor of the former (but still contains some wry humor). This is the story of a well-meaning, somewhat naive guy named Eddie (David Packer) from Akron, Ohio who goes to live with his suave cousin, Skip (McGinnis) in Los Angeles where he finds out that success comes from pretending to be successful. It's advice that Eddie is at least willing to try, having no luck in his advertising pursuits (he's a handbill solicitor on the beach for a rental shack) and romance. Most of the movie focuses on Eddie's romantic pursuits as he enlists in a video dating service and, with one false persona after the next, he meets girls with all sorts of bizarre hangups that seem to get him no where. So Eddie thinks that maybe Los Angeles has him beat. (Think of it as like the West Coast version of Michael J. Fox's character in "Secret to my Success").

Most of the humor comes from the odd situations Eddie finds himself in with all of the strange people he meets in L.A. Look for Diz McNally in a bit part as a cab driver. For those who grew up in the 80s, you may remember her from the old Nickelodeon show, 'Out of Control,' which starred David Coulier. And, aside from my usual favorite, Scott Miginnis in his trademark role of the wealthy stud, I thought David Leisure as Eddie's boss, Lu Leonard as the dating service manager, and Frank Bonner and Luanna Anders who play Eddie's parents, were terrific and hilarious supporting characters. The lead, David Packer, has always done well with this sort of naive, well-meaning character. Those who enjoyed The Running Kind might want to give this one a try (and vice versa).

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