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4.0 out of 5 stars The only thing more frightening than murder....High School!, 6 Aug 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hiding Out [DVD] [1987] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Andrew Morenski is successful stock broker who is called to court to testify against a mob boss who was into some rather dubious dealings. When one of his co-workers, who is also due to give evidence, is murdered, Andrew is called to be guarded by the police. But all thoughts of safety are blown away when an attempt on Andrew's life quickly follows. On the run, Andrew finds a safety haven in the form of his cousin's High School. Posing as a student, Andrew finds that High School has a whole different type of peril waiting to engulf him....again.

Released just a year after Jon Cryer had become popular due to his turn as Duckie in John Hughes' Pretty In Pink-Hiding Out finds Cryer attempting to be leading man potential. That he isn't, is of no major harm to this charming and overlooked picture in the American teen comedy genre. When we first meet Cryer's Andrew Morenski, he's a successful business man with a beard you could lose a badger in. But we know it's a youthful Jon Cryer {he was 21 at the time of making the film but looking every inch like a teenager}, so it's kind of a murky start from which to hopefully entice the viewer fully into the premise. Yet it all quickly turns around as Morenski hits High School. Hair dyed two colours and dressed like some rockabilly rebel, this is where Cryer steps into his element.

From here on in, save for the inevitable gun buffoonery show down at the end, the film is a delightful comedy about the perils of school. Love, rivals, school politics and witch like teachers all come in for a shiny going over in Bob Giraldi's film. Some of it's twee, and some of it is even morally questionable, but it wears its comedy and romantic heart on its sleeves. Hell the film even has something to say about the truth and how it's taught in schools {look out for a great sequence as Andrew/Max calls into question the teachers teaching of President Nixon}. So it's not all fluff for sure. But it's the fluff that drives the film to its conclusion, and if that fluff chiefly is decent enough to have met the viewers expectations?

For me it most certainly did, I only asked one thing from this film, and that was for it to give me some chuckles and to leave me smiling come the end. It did both, so maybe, just maybe, you missed this in the late 80s and are now stuck for some 80s veneer comedy with a zippy 80s soundtrack. If so? This might just be the ticket for you. 7/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars great dose of 80s nostalgia!!, 27 Nov 2011
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This review is from: Hiding Out [DVD] [1987] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Jon cryer plays Andrew morenski, a stockbroker with the mob on his trail! He decides to hide out in a highschool where he reinvents himself as a student called Max.He is elected as school president,finds a new girlfriend(Annabeth gish)but soon the men who are out to get him discover that Max is really Andrew.This is a really good 80s comedy that i had never heard of before,it should have been more well known & i guess thats why its on the 'lost collection'! recommended to anyone with a love of 80s nostalgia!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hiding Out DVD, 11 Nov 2010
This review is from: Hiding Out [DVD] [1987] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This movie is about a man on the run who goes back to high school in order to attempt to escape from his pursuers. At the school he shows off by showing the inadequacies of the teachers and he is able to re-live his childhood. I have watched this movie many times
and it always entertains.

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