'Swedish chicks dig terrorists'
TODAY'S RETRO-REVIEW: 1985's "Gotcha," starring Anthony Edwards and Linda Fiorentino. Directed by Jeff Kanew, who also directed Edwards in "Revenge of the Nerds."
TAGLINE: "Meet Jonathan. A college student who loves girls, games & gunplay. This year, on vacation in Paris, he's going to find out about all three. For real!"
THE PLOT: Nerdy Jonathan (Edwards), fresh from winning an ongoing paintball game called Gotcha, goes to France on vacation where he is befriended and bedded by the mysterious Sasha. Suddenly Jonathan's on the way to East Berlin with his new lover, and his life is never the same.
MAYBE YOU REMEMBER: Nintendo would later introduce a game, featuring a light gun, called "Gotcha! The Sport!"
SURELY YOU CAN'T FORGET: Jsu Garcia played the part of Edward's best friend. Garcia would play the role of the locker-bending "Cerulo" in Wildcats in 1986. You see him more recently playing Jennifer Aniston's gay dancing partner in "Along Came Polly."
WHAT THE CRITICS SAID: "Edwards actually makes a surprisingly competent and intelligent leading man. It's too bad the plotting of this Cold-War/spy/fantasy/action/comedy never really gives him the chance to prove it." -- Crazy For Cinema
WHY WE LOVE IT ANYWAY: Despite his more studly roles in The Sure Thing and Top Gun, Anthony Edwards was the king of the lovable nerds in the 80s. And if that's good enough to have sex with Linda Fiorentino, then bravo!
TOP 5 LINES FROM GOTCHA:
5. "You're right, I'm on drugs. I'm a junkie, you know, I mainline, I freebase, I put cocaine on my cornflakes..."
4. "Mon crayon est large."
3. "I'm not your type. I'm not a weirgin."
2. "I would kill or die to make love to you."
1. "Swedish chicks dig terrorists."