This was not really
all that bad, it just didn't do anything for me. Being a John
Hughes film, I knew it was going to be a Home Alone type, but
teen-oriented. The characters were one-dimensional, and the
dialogue was not rich, but it did feel real.
Jim is a guy who can't hold a job. So his father gives
him one more chance before booting him out of the house, and gets him a
job as a night janitor at a discount store. The daughter of the richest
man in town is contemplating shoplifting at that store, but she chickens
out and falls asleep in the change room while trying to make a decision.
He gets lazy again, and bored, because he's a people person, and he runs
around the store dressing up in all the clothes, male and female, and roller
skating in his boxers and T-shirt. She sees him when she wakes up,
and they have dinner, taking from the store's supplies. They dance,
kiss, and it's implied that they make love in a tent display. But
we're never certain.
She feels trapped by her father, who makes all the decisions
for her, and won't let her do anything. She can't understand why
he doesn't want to leave home. She feels that he's giving up his
freedom. They agree that they can't escape, because they are afraid
of being alone.
Finally, thieves break into the store, and, well, they don't
really do anything. But they are foiled, then get the upper hand,
then they're foiled again. Finally, the guy and girl take off in
the thieves' car and head for L.A.
There were a bunch of funny scenes, but there is no way I would
call this movie a comedy. It was just fluff, pure teen fluff.
Better to miss it, though Connelly gives it her best as she leaned way
over in several scenes while wearing a tank top.