Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Going Steady (1979)

"What would American Pie look like if it was made in 1970s Israel?" is not a question I have ever asked myself. But if I had, this movie would probably be the answer.

Going Steady is the second of the Lemon Popsicle series of films, which stretched from the 70s through to 2001. The films follow the efforts of three young men to ... well, to get laid, frankly. Romance only really seems to matter to one of them, and even he is pretty overwhelmingly concerned with gettin' jiggy with it. So pretty typical teenage boys, unfortunately.

Our cast of near-neanderthals are Bobby, who has a girlfriend but doesn't let that stop him chasing other women; Huey, who is the butt of most of the film's 'jokes'; and Benji, who pursues a classmate, proclaiming his love, but veers into emotional abuse with depressing regularity. Not exactly the world's most appealing bunch, even before you factor in their attempt to trick a girl into a gang bang, and other 'humorous' escapades. I will give credit to Benji for having the world's oddest courting method. After spurning several of his creepily obsessive efforts to get a date, the woman of his dreams finally agrees to go out with him after he eats a wide variety of raw fruits and vegetables.

Yeah, I'm not sure what was going on there, either.

Anyway, this is a formula that's been done many times (nine times just in the Lemon Popsicle series alone), and there's not much notable about this film except its time and place of origin, so you can safely skip it.

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