Darren Silverman (Biggs) and his pals J.D. (Black) and Wayne
(Zahn) have been best friends forever. Their history is outlined
in an opening montage and voiceover by Zahn, encapsulating their
childhood, their high school days, and their uniform obsession
with pop singer Diamond. At present they all struggle with menial
jobs but work together as a Neil Diamond cover band, cranking
out rockin' covers of songs like "Cherry, Baby" on street
corners while wearing sequined shirts and shaggy brown wigs (all
three of them). Although their only actual contact with Diamond
has resulted in a restraining order, they're still die-hard fans,
and they spend all their time together in their gross, beer-soaked
apartment. But then Darren, lovesick after his "one and only
someone" moved away, begins a relationship with bossy, bitchy
psychologist Judith (Amanda Peet), who is attracted to him mainly
for his slave-like qualities.
After meeting J.D. and Wayne, and being justifiably disgusted
with their piggish behavior, Judith informs Darren that either
he quit the band and stop hanging around with them or there will
be no sex. After offering some feeble resistance, he agrees, and
J.D. and Wayne spend the rest of the movie trying to get him back.
Their plan is helped by the re-appearance of high school friend
Sandy (Amanda Detmer), Darren's "one and only someone"
from high school, but her recent decision to become a nun tends
to make matters difficult. J.D. and Wayne decide they must kidnap
Judith, convince Sandy to renounce the convent, and re-introduce
the two lovebirds. Stupidity ensues.
Like many teen romances, this film is mostly insubstantial, but it has some redeeming qualities. The guys are funny, the girls look fabulous, and Diamond's good-natured self parody is amusing and perpelexing at the same time. Also present is former Marine R. Lee Ermey (who achieved some fame playing Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket) as the boys' former football coach and co-conspirator. While the dumbness level is constant throughout, the feel-good ending is resoundingly effective, and one can't blame Diamond for attempting to court a new, younger audience. Besides, his songs still rock. **