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Gotcha! Will Getcha!

Gotcha!, directed by Jeff Kanew, starring Anthony Edwards and Linda Fiorentino.

There is not much that can be said for the genre of film commonly called "coming-of-age movies." They seldom provide any revelations about life in general or coming-of-age in specific. However, when well done, they are often very entertaining. Such is the case with Gotcha!, a Jeff Kanew film previewed at MIT courtesy of LSC last Wednesday.

Anthony Edwards (Revenge of the Nerds) plays Jonathan, a college student whose skill at `gotcha' far outstrips his way with women. `Gotcha' is a hunt-and-kill game played with airguns ("assassin," for those of you from south of the Mason-Dixon). Jonathan's luck changes dramatically when he goes to Paris for a school break, but not entirely for the better.

Enter Sasha (Linda Fiorentino, Vision Quest), the mysterious courier who likes "young wirjins." She captures Jonathan's lust if not his love and leads him on a memorable European vacation -- one that even follows him home.

While this movie makes no effort to take itself seriously, it passes up most of the obvious opportunities to display infantile humor or flash skin. Also, the movie's ability to entertain is not hampered by the scriptwriters' ignorance of some of the more rudimentary rules of spycraft. They did manage to write in some very funny situational dialogue. They also managed to leave out the grisly scenes that seem to have become obligatory in any movie that offers the slightest chance to include such gore.

Gotcha! is definitely not a Le Carr'e thriller, but it is a very enjoyable teenage fantasy.

James F. Kirk->