ABC Afterschool Specials: Season 14, Episode 5

Can a Guy Say No? (12 Feb. 1986)

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17-year-old boy finds looks can be deceiving when he becomes friends with the prettiest girl in school. Despite her beauty, he finds a very unhappy girl with a low self-esteem.



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Episode credited cast:
Scott Tauscher
Paula Finkle
Christa Denton ...
Kerry Tauscher
Alix Shuman
Garin Bougié ...
Karl Wiedergott ...
Sharon Spelman ...
Mrs. Tauscher
Mrs. Finkle
Mr. Tauscher
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17-year-old boy finds looks can be deceiving when he becomes friends with the prettiest girl in school. Despite her beauty, he finds a very unhappy girl with a low self-esteem.

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A Good Coming of Age Values Film
24 August 2002 | by (San Diego. Ca) – See all my reviews

A production aimed at teens, "Can A Guy Say No?" is just one of the "DeGrassi High" film series from Canada, it touches, as all the shows in the series do, on issues that teenagers face as they 'come of age'. This particular show, starring Steve Antin and Brook Bundy, explores teenage sexuality; using the ideas of peer pressure to to do something, even though you don't feel comfortable about doing something is presented very nicely in the story line. Antin plays a good looking and popular high school boy (about 16-17 years old); he's a good student, has a steady girlfriend and a part time job, who is concerned and upset because he's still a virgin. As the film progresses you understand how much of his insecurities are not coming from within him, but are being planted in his mind by 'his buddies'; all of which are still virgins, also, I want to add. He begins to go through all these 'phases' to prove his masculinity--clothes that he wears, places he goes to, etc; this longing to 'do it' for the first time, leads to his meeting and eventually developing a friendship with the girl nextdoor, who he knows only from the rumors going around, that she's 'easy' and the school harlot.

In getting to know her for 'his' purposes, he ends of learning about her and why she behaves the way she does. As they become good friends, they both actually begin to realize that 'sex' is more than just proving your a man, on his part and not the way to get boys to like you, on her part.

It is a very well done show for teens, market which is sorely lacking on any valuable programming geared for them, on American television.

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