I had trouble deciding whether I should review this movie, but as you can read I made up my mind. It’s not science fiction, comedy or movies so bad that they are good (although it was a close call), it’s something else, it’s eighties feel-good flick. It has a preposterous script, a lot of bad acting, but it still has soul, and that is what it makes it great. It makes you feel good, laugh to things that you would not normally laugh, and think how eighties were cool. It dabbles in usual teen problems like girls, friends, annoying parents and it does not go much deeper. There are no parables, deeper meanings or anything resembling that, and that is quite relaxing. I guess that director just came and said lets make a teen comedy about some nerdy guy who has special powers…

And Barney Springboro is that nerdy kid. After a certain mishap in the laboratory where he was experimenting with marijuana, he will accidentally gain the powers of telekineses. With his new powers he will try to solve his old problems, and this will result in a series of comical events. In this journey he will have help from his friend Barney, and two of them will do whatever two high school kids would do with telekinesis. And that is of course to get laid, and if you could choose who with, you would choose sexy Jane Mitchell… Enjoy.

Director: Robert J. Rosenthal

Cast: Scott Baio, Willie Aames, Robert Mandan, Felice Schachter, Scatman Crothers

Fun Facts: The movie ad received complaints from Los Angeles Times readers, not because of what the readers could see but because the illustrated boy characters could see up the skirt of the illustrated girl character. A modified movie ad was run in the Los Angeles Times with the illustrated girl’s character’s modesty protected by a lower skirt from the illustrated boy characters.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084945/

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