not exactly as i remembered it
i was a teenager when this movie came out, and i saw it more times than i can count. i loved it then and i love it now, but coming back to it for the first time after many years, i had a very different take on it than i had as an adolescent. there's some dated and stereotyped language ("faggot" stood out to me), the kind of thing that was ok in the 80s but really isn't anymore. but a much bigger concern for me has to do with one of the major plot points of the second half of the movie: two of the male leads discuss at length the prospect of taking sexual advantage of the older boy's unconscious girlfriend. the boyfriend comments casually that he could "violate her ten different ways," but is too bored with her to bother. he then passes her on to the younger boy with express permission to do whatever he wants with her, as long as he makes sure she gets home. the scenario is presented as a humorous fulfillment of every dweeby guy's fantasy, and the second half of the movie revolves around it, but of course, what they're actually talking about is the rape of an intoxicated teenager. when the dweeby guy and the girlfriend wake up the next morning, it appears that the fantasy came true--but as it turns out, she's happy about it. this plot line never bothered me as a young person, but it sure disturbs me now. i still love the movie, but i'm in no rush to show it to my kids.