Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Mischief Indeed

Mischief - 1985 - Dir: Mel Damski
Location: The Comfort of My House

I've had this flick on DVD for quite some time and just never got around to watching it. Not my fault, it was easy to forget about since it was on a flipper disc double feature with the amazing License to Drive starring the two Corey's. As you've guessed it, this is an 80s teen sex comedy. Not set in present day but in 1956 Ohio and Jonathan is kind of dorky and hopelessly in love with the beautiful Marilyn (Kelly Preston). Feeling as if he'll never get anywhere with her he meets the new rebellious kid in town, Gene, and he helps out while chasing a girl of his own named Bunny, played by Catherine Mary Stewart (Night of the Comet). Of course, Bunny has the rich jerk boyfriend so there are plenty of brawls and racing of classic cars.

The laughs are not really gut busting but I'm sure many a guy can relate to things our hero goes through. Shuffling books and folders around in front of your crotch while standing anyone? Jonathan's exploits are fun and all but let's be honest. You come to this type of film to see one thing. Well, two things. This is not full of nudity like Porky's but the one famous scene of Preston disrobing is not too shabby at all. In fact, Mr. Skin named it his number six nude scene of all time. I also thought the young Kelly Preston looked a bit like Anna Paquin (True Blood) at times, especially when she's smiling. Just without the gap between her two front teeth.

I should also not that writer Noel Black also went on to direct one of my favorite 80s teen sex comedies, Private School (1983) with the lovely Phoebe Cates. You can search the stores for Mischief on DVD, with or without the other feature, but it's currently out-of-print so it might be hard to find. If you do run across it pick it up, it's worth the time if you're a fan of the sex comedy.


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