"I wanna know what love is I want you to show me I wanna feel what love is I know you can show me" (Foreigner)
This is one of my favorite movies from the eighties, and one that I really wanted to see again, except that it's been very hard to find. I finally got a copy and watched it again recently, and surprisingly, it's still fresh and extremely watchable.
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):
1. Boy (Lenny von Dohlen) meets computer 2. Boy meets girl (Virginia Madsen) 3. Computer meets girl 4. Girl and computer share a Minuet #4 in G 5. Quirky love triangle develops
Miles Harding (von Dohlen) buys a "state of the art" computer system to help him design a building block that will withstand earthquakes. He gets a little carried away with the new technology, connecting the computer to every electrical appliance in the house, and when he attempts a massive upload, he gets way too much information, and a lot more than he bargained for.
His new neighbor Madeline (Madsen, looking young and gorgeous) is a cellist, and in the best musical duet of all time, she shares a special moment through the heating duct.
Soon there's a little rivalry going on between man and machine, making for a most unusual and enjoyable romantic comedy for the ages. Look for ever-so-cute Maxwell Caulfield in a small part, and enjoy the soundtrack by Giorgio Moroder, Jeff Lynne, Culture Club and Philip Oakley, among others.
One small note - although most of the movie is fine for kids from 10 and up, there's one scene where the computer repeats an expletive a few times that you'll need to watch out for.
I'd like to join the universal call to release this classic on DVD for a new generation to enjoy.