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Set in 1965, four rowdy teenage guys travel to Tijuana, Mexico for a night of partying when they are joined by a heartbroken housewife who is in town seeking a quick divorce.


“Losin’ It” stars a young Tom Cruise as Woody, a shy guy looking to lose his virginity down in Mexico. He is accompanied by his friends Dave (Jackie Earle Haley), an overconfident Frank Sinatra wannabe, and Spider (John Stockwell), the bad boy of the group. Tagging along is Wendall (John P. Navin Jr.), Dave’s entrepreneurial younger brother who supplies the funds for the quick trip across the border. On their way south, they meet Kathy (Shelley Long), a woman who has just broken up with her cheating husband and is looking for a quickie divorce. Even if you’re a die-hard Cruise fan, you’re advised to stay away. Cruise, at this time, had yet to hone the persona upon which he would build his career. In other words, he isn’t his usually funny, cocky self this time around, but instead comes across as bland, dull, and surprisingly lifeless. Shelley Long, on the other hand, is quite good in her thankless role as a runaway bride headed to Tijuana for a quickie divorce.

Too bad the script doesn’t give her anything funny to do. We find that Dave is real gullible and seems to fall for every scam set up for tourists in the town. Spider finds the infamous “Donkey Bar”, and becoming more inebriated by the hour, ends up getting into a brawl with some Marines in the bar. When the sheriff shows up, he arrests Spider and ends up throwing him in the notorious Tijuana jail. Kathy and Woody hit it off, discovering that they share many of the same values, and soon Woody’s dreams are fulfilled after all. But then they spot Spider in the back of the sheriff’s car, and realize that they must do something to get him released. Meanwhile, Dave and Wendell hook up again, but get involved with a group of Tijuana kids who are offended when Dave brags that he has put Spanish fly into a girl’s drink, who turns out to be the leader of the group’s sister. The way that the five Americans react to and resolve these dangerous situtations occupies most of the rest of the film.

The DVD comes with no special features. But, it’s a great DVD Collection that shows off a great mix of cult and more mainstream 1980s films. The A/V Quality is pretty strong for standard definition, as the film is shown in its correct aspect ratio on home video. The Dolby track is strong enough, but it serves the 80s music better than the dialogue. I just wish that there could’ve been special features. Oh well, I’d still recommend it for a purchase to serious fans of 1980s movies during the Holiday season.


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