Synopsis: Is there room in Manhattan for a decent kid? Can a young woman see past a cad to true love? Paul, from rural upstate, comes to New York City for college. To keep his scholarship, he must study hard and do well. That makes him a loser to his partying roommates who connive to kick him out of their suite. He's assigned a room in an animal hospital. In class he meets Dora, a pretty coed who needs a job to pay for school, and who's the very young lover of their sarcastic and selfish lit professor. When Dora is slipped some drugs at a party, Paul nurses her back to health, and a friendship follows. For Paul, though, it's more than friendly feelings. Can they work things out for them to become a truly lucky couple?
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Amy Heckerling
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

- I think this might be it, Paul. Good luck.

- Thanks.

Boy, it sure is thick.

I'm in.

See, your brother's smart.

He's smart. Are you as smart

as your brother? I think so.

We are so proud of you.

- A full scholarship!

- Plus a meal plan.

First one ever in our family.

Of course,

the kid was reading Archie at one.

That's for Paul.

- Take this.

- Grandpa, no. I can't.

No. You don't know the city.

Everything there is very expensive.

Just parking your car costs $8.

Grandpa, I don't even have a car.

Make an old man happy.

Thank you.

Paul, dance with me?

Do it. All right.

Yeah! Cool.

Come on!

What are you doing?

No. Like this.

Come on, Paul. Do it right.

- You're messing it up!

- What?


- You all packed?

- Yep.

Can I give you a hand?

Wiggle that tail section

for me just a skosh, will you?

Don't know what I'm gonna do around here

without my wing man.

I'll be back, soon as they catch on to me.

What have they got to catch on to?

Well, it's a tough school and...

...everyone else

will be more used to the city.

Did you know that one skyscraper has

more people than the town of Clairmont?

And they're all real sophisticated too.

You've seen that Seinfeld show, right?

It's just like that.

They've all got that

sarcastic kind of humor.

And who was purported to be

the funniest kid at Jackson High?

You told me a joke the other day.

It was hilarious.

- A frayed knot...

- String...

...walks into the bar.

- Wants a drink. Yeah, that was funny.

You're a funny guy.

I don't know. I mean, it's such a giant city.

How can you possibly meet anyone?

You want the secret to making friends?

- Sure.

- I picked this up in the service.

You'll have a lot of buddies

if you remember this one rule:

Interested is interesting.

- What do you mean?

- Well, everybody's got a story, okay?

And all they want

is for somebody to listen to it.

People are basically good.

If you care about them,

they're gonna want to be your friend.

All you got to do is look at people.

Look when you're talking to someone.

That's it. Look them in the eye. Focus.

Hear their story.

Hear what they've got to say.

You do that, buddy,

and you can do no wrong.



Wiggle that.

Excuse me. Do you want to sit in my seat?

You can have my seat.

That was for her.

You look familiar.

- Tall drip.

- That would be me.

Hi. I'm Paul.

Abnormal Psych.

We're in the same class.

See you there.

Left, no. Left, no!

But you're pushing!

- Guys, can it go over there?

- No.

- Good afternoon.

- What's up, man? How are you?

- Let me try that one again.

- No, that's good. Don't worry.

See you later.

Hey, guys.

That is a great hat.

Did the producers of Fargo

have a garage sale?

- Leave it be.

- Here, leave it be.

- That fraternity called for you.

- Which one? Which one was it?

Gamma something.

Gamma Delta. Gamma Delta Pi?

Gamma Delta Pi.

No, it was gamma globulin, it wasn't

a fraternity at all. It was a blood bank.

But they were really interested in you.

It was a blood bank.

The Hunger Artist.

It's the story of a performer...

...who fasts as a form of entertainment.

Sits in a cage all day. This is how

he manages to entertain his audiences.

But, with his dying breath...

...he reveals his great secret: He could

never actually find any food that he...


- I meant that.

- Jerry Lewis, ladies and gentlemen.

Listen, do you mind if I continue

with Mr. Kafka's story?

Are you all right?

Yeah, I'm okay.

Looks like you banged

your knee pretty bad.

No, I'm fine.

Let's put some ice on it.

What was Mr. Kafka saying

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Amy Heckerling

Amy Heckerling (born May 7, 1954) is an American film director. An alumna of both New York University and the American Film Institute, she directed the commercially successful films Fast Times at Ridgemont High, National Lampoon's European Vacation, Look Who's Talking, and Clueless. Heckerling is a recipient of AFI's Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal celebrating her creative talents and artistic achievements. more…

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