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Posted by Jessie the Sunflower Goddess (Member # 1877) on :
So I did a search on this to see if at some point I had already done a topic of the week one, I came up with nothing so here goes.

I thought of this movie because of the recent career resurgence of Jackie Earle Haley. As many of you already know Jackie will be playing Freddy Krueger in "A Nightmare on Elm Street" coming out this spring. I for one can't wait to see it because I think he is perfect in roles like that. Now that I have said my schtick about him let's talk about "LOSIN' IT"!!!

What can be said about the all-star cast in this one. Tom Cruise, John Stockwell, Jackie Earle Haley, Shelley Long, and Rick Rossovich. This starts out as your typical 60's teen romp about a rowdy group of boys headed to Tijuana for some risky fun and get in a whole heap of trouble along the way. A heartwarming note about the film was the subtle and compassionate relationship between Shelly Long and Tom Cruise's characters, not something easily found in a teen romp.

Let's discuss: What are your thoughts on this film??
Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :
I like it, funny flick.
The cast is good and it was directed by Curtis Hanson.
He´s done some very good movies IMO.
Of course the location is also a bit exotic.


[ 20. February 2016, 02:42: Message edited by: aTomiK ]
Posted by Riptide (Member # 457) on :
Jackie Earle Haley? Was he the guy with the Sinatra fixation in the movie? I used to fin Losin it a bit fun, haven't sat down to watch it in ages. Just wonder if this movie made anyone want to plan a Tijuana roadtrip?
Posted by logan5 (Member # 1467) on :
Jackie Earle Haley has just starred in 'Watchmen' as Rorschach.

I seem to remember 'Losin' It' as a slightly above par loss of virginity movie. Like Rip I haven't watched it in a long time.

[ 15. January 2010, 10:06: Message edited by: logan5 ]
Posted by JAY LEE (Member # 6345) on :
Originally posted by aTomiK:
I like it, funny flick.
The cast is good and it was directed by Curtis Hanson.
He´s done some very good movies IMO.
Of course the location is also a bit exotic.


Kreisi Bisnes [Big Grin] Is that finnish for Crazy Business, as in a nod to Risky Business??
Posted by Valley (Member # 1322) on :
Jessie you lost me at Jackie Earle Haley! Why?

Because he is also known as the legendary Kelly Leak from the "Bad News Bears" trilogy of films that I loved as a kid. From The Bad News Bears to Losin' It to an Oscar nomination for the movie Little Children. Wow!

As far as Losin' It..I've always thought it was a fun south of the border flick. I've only seen it a few times and there are some hilarious moments, but not a movie that I ever owned.
Posted by Jessie the Sunflower Goddess (Member # 1877) on :
Valley have you seen his performance in Little Children? He definitely deserved his Oscar nod. He was just born to play roles like that.
Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :

you´re absolutely right [Big Grin]
I love these silly finnish 80s names...
Posted by Pittsburghgirl (Member # 7514) on :
I've never seen this one. I love JEH in Breaking Away, and of course BNB, and he was great in Little Children (I bought a copy at the video store when they were closing). I have yet to see All the King's Men, the other movie he did the same year as Little Children.
Posted by 80'sRocked (Member # 6979) on :
I never heard of this either, but Rick Rossovich starred in one of my all-time fave 80's movies - Spellbinder!
Posted by Muffy Tepperman (Member # 1551) on :
I love Shelly Long and I liked the part she played in this movie but i'm with Valley on this one I liked it but will never own it.

JEH is sorta creepy
Posted by Jessie the Sunflower Goddess (Member # 1877) on :
Muffy he is creepy!
Posted by Devolution (Member # 1731) on :
Devolution here,

I saw Losin' it in my youth, and thought it was ok at best. It just didn't really appeal to me.

We are DEVO
Posted by Muffy Tepperman (Member # 1551) on :
Jessie haha! I looked up IMDB after and totally think he might be fitting to play Freddy!
Posted by LoverswithCassie (Member # 7794) on :
Hey, everybody, if you would like to view "Losin' It," then you can do so on YouTube. Choaps27 has the whole film posted on there.
Posted by Spreadking (Member # 7280) on :
I'm still trying to get hold of some Spanish Fly because of this film.
Posted by kingcain (Member # 6644) on :
I just have to say these words TUCK N' ROLL
Posted by TerdNthePoolGGB (Member # 9818) on :
Watched this the other day. Always liked it. I agree with some of the posts here. If you are my age you definitely remember JEH As Kelly Leak from Bad News bears. He actually was a intimidating figure in BNB To myself. Hard to believe since he is so small. All image I guess. And Shelley long and Cruise just don't go together. Perhaps Rebecca demornay would have been a better choice but all in all a fun film.
Posted by Riptide (Member # 457) on :
I have the VHS somewhere, bit it's been years since I saw it. A lot of these films like this and Porky's, Fraternity vacation, etc., just kind of blur together with the same themes. Fun seeing pre-superstar Cruise, Shelley Long and Stockwell though. I may attempt to see this again.

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