Corey Haim plays 13-year-old Lucas, a bespectacled, bookish type who attracts school bullies like a magnet. Lucas befriends 16-year-old Maggie (Kerri Green); she wants to be "just friends," while he'd like a more meaningful relationship. The boy introduces the girl to a world of intellectual pursuits of which she'd been previously unaware. She enjoys the attention, but is physically attracted to football jock Cappie Roew (Charlie Sheen), and becomes a cheerleader to be nearer to the young athlete. Lucas feels shut out once more, but is comforted to learn that Cappie is not just one more bully but a sensitive kid who sticks up for Lucas when the younger boy is being picked on. Still hoping to impress Maggie, Lucas tries out for the football team himself, threatening legal action when the coach tries to turn him down. This innovative teen-oriented film threatens to come to a hackneyed "big touchdown" climax, but instead goes for a more original finale. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Amazing performance by Corey Haim, it really is the best part of this movie. The rest of the cast is also very good, including Charlie Sheen (which really surprised me). One of the best teen movies from the 80's. Many funny moments and a great ending, shows the underdog can win.
An appealing young cast comes together for this coming-of-age movie. Corey Haim is terrific in the title role and he has great support from Kerri Green (Andie in "The Goonies"), Charlie Sheen, and Winona Ryder (also look for Courtney Thorne Smith and Jeremy Piven in smaller roles). The movie centers on Lucas' unrequited crush on Maggie (Kerri Green) as well as the harassment he endures from the jocks at school, except for Cappie (Charlie Sheen) who sticks up for him and proves to be a friend. This is a feel-good, root for the underdog kind of film and although aimed at the teen crowd, adults can enjoy the movie's message too. Parents be warned: the movie contains quite a bit of swearing, even though the DVD is labeled a "Family Feature".