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1 can of corn 1 cup of cheese 4-8 stars-to-be 1 decent soundtrack
That's what the back of the box to this movie should have read. I saw this for the first time years ago, and then saw it again yesterday. I liked it the first time around, the second time around garnered a different reaction.
Seriously, it's not that bad, but it's not that good, either. Kelli Williams, Noah Wyle, and Rick Schroeder are adequate, given the material they had. Dermot Mulrooney was annoying at best. Several times through the movie, I could almost see George Lucas picking up the phone to call his lawyers for all the blatant Graffiti rip-offs, but then he replaced the receiver because, what the hell, the movie's not really worth it.
What did I learn from this movie? Ladies, whatever you do, Do NOT name your child Pirate. Ever. No, I mean it. Think of the child.
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