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Hot Pursuit (1987)

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Cheesy '80s teen comedy has profanity, sex.

Movie PG-13 1997 93 minutes
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HOT PURSUIT is an early Cusack film and a solid representative of the typical '80s teen adventure comedy: a little crassness, a lot of mild profanity, and some tame violence. All in the interest of pairing a guy up with the summertime babe of his dreams. There's nothing particularly special about this installment in the genre other than early proof of Cusack's future perfect boyfriend status in movies such as Say Anything.

Teens with an interest in the genre will find all the hallmarks of the era, plus a treasure trove of politically incorrect and/or stereotypical depictions of islanders. It doesn't dig anywhere near deeply enough into the class differences that might make for more interesting fodder in a teen romance, but there's a potentially novel appeal in seeing a young Cusack (and equally fresh-faced Ben Stiller, in his debut) in an uptempo beach setting.

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