Kristy McNichol
Christopher Atkins
Ted Hamilton
Bill Kerr
Maggie Kirkpatrick
Garry McDonald
Chuck McKinney
Marc Colombani
Linda Nagle

Ken Annakin

Time: 98 mins.
Rating: PG
Genre: Musical/Romance/Comedy
CAPSULE REVIEW –– Movie musicals are either totally magical or worse than root canal. Most of the ones released in the 80s, including this one, fall into the latter category. Adapted from Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance," this version mixes classic numbers from the stage play with pop tunes written directly for the film. It's the new music that brings this story into the toilet. Filmed in an over-produced, music video style the songs are so sappy they make you laugh instead of swoon. McNichol and Atkins don't help the situation since neither can sing. Their acting is equally painful. As the young leads desperately in love with each other, they have negative chemistry. McNichol is just too tough and sarcastic to pull off the infatuation. Atkins' character is so dim and clumsy, there's nothing to recommend him except his looks. His utter lack of charm and intelligence is one of many things wrong with this picture. If you're going to dream up a guy, at least make him worthwhile. The humor is juvenile and the story paper thin. Granted it's the dream of a young romantic, but that doesn't mean it has to be stupid. There are brief moments of comedy, adventure and wit, but certainly not enough to make up for the rest of the drivel. Assuredly one of the films that caused the death of the big screen musical.