From Yahoo.com – Seventh grader Danny (Burke) has a problem, he’s smitten with his best fried, Julie, and is unsure of how to turn their friendship into romance. Complicating matters is Julie’s interest in Archie, one of the more intimidating boys in the class. One day, while visiting his father’s grave, Danny meets Hubbie (Macchio), a tenor sax player who’s been dead for 60 years. The two quickly become friends, and soon Danny confides his girl troubles to Hubbie. Hubbie, in turn, confides to Danny that he’s doomed to roam the cemetery until his lost love finds him because years ago he was killed going to meet her. Eager to help Danny with his girl problems, Hubbie shows him some 1930s style moves, which causes Danny considerable embarrassment when he tests them out at school. Eventually, though, the two hit on a plan that works, bringing about some unexpected closure for Hubbie in the process.
From Rotten Tomatoes – Seventh grader Danny (Burke) has a problem, he’s smitten with his best fried, Julie, and is unsure of how to turn their friendship into romance..
From Hollywood.com – Everyone eventually meets the love of their life. Sometimes, like Danny and Julia, that person comes along when you are 13 years-old in the form of your best friend. Other times, like Hubbie and his sweet-heart, star-crossed love makes getting together a life-long adventure.
Director: Richard Friedman
MPAA Rating: PG
Runtime: 1 hour, 31 minutes
Genre: Dramas, Comedy, Coming Of Age, Romance, Teenage, Young Love, Heartwarming.
I believe the last descriptor under “Genre” above, about says it all. This was truly a “heartwarming” movie. It kinda reminded me of an old black/white movie typically made in the late ’40s. The guy, the girl, the rival, the skirmishes, and in the end the “guy” gets the girl. Albeit, the movie is really about something else? The whole bit with Ralph Macchio could have just as well have been left out. Although it was the reason for the name of the movie. However, in my opinion lended confusion to the plot. All in all though, and just because I own a copy does not bias me at all, LOL, it is a “nice” predictable movie in a world where the unpredictable seems to have run amuck.