In this era of text messaging and e-mails, a movie about a letter seems quaint. Charmingly so. And a letter from a secret admirer that sets off a chain-mail reaction amongst teens and adults in one Southern California neighborhood sets the tone for a feel-good flick.
I first saw Secret Admirer (Widescreen Edition) in the 1980s when it came out and watched it over and over with my teens.
Seeing it again in a time when letter writing is a lost art underscores how romance can also seem out of reach in a highly technological age.
Kelly Preston totally inhabits the role of self-absorbed teen Deborah Anne, while Lori Loughlin very effectively portrays the girl next door. C. Thomas Howell made me laugh as he bumbled along, chasing after the beautiful Deborah Anne, when his heart really belongs to his best friend.
A fun movie with lots of nostalgic moments made for a pleasant afternoon of viewing. Four stars.
Now that I’m on a nostalgic kick, who knows what I’ll grab next? Pretty in Pink? St. Elmo’s Fire?
What do you think of these oldies?