Film / One Crazy Summer

A 1986 screwball comedy starring John Cusack and Demi Moore. The plot focuses on the antics of Hoops McCann (Cusack) and his friends as they spend a summer cavorting around the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts. Sometime along the way Hoops and his friends run across a young rock singer named Cassandra Eldridge (Moore) whom they must help to save her grandmother's house from the clutches of Aquilla Beckersted and his son Teddy.

Tropes that apply to this film:

  • Animated Credits Opening: Both the opening and closing of this film are animated. The director, Savage Steve Holland, is also an animator.
  • Big Eater: Cookie, who casually and effortlessly consumes a bag of popcorn twice her size in a few minutes despite being played by the petite Kimberly Foster.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Used in-universe when, during a Rousing Speech, Hoops rails against the "Cute and fuzzy bunnies," eliciting looks of confusion from his friends.
    • Also the above-mentioned scene where Cookie eats what has to be at least 100 pounds of popcorn. The next time we see her it's as if it never happened.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Hoops' fear of boats is mentioned at the beginning, naturally the climax revolves around boats.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Inverted in that Hoops is established to have absolutely no basket-making ability, but is called upon to sink a ridiculously difficult shot at the climax.
  • Cone of Shame: Squid Calamari's dog who wears this thing throughout the whole film ends up having puppies wearing the same thing.
  • Cute Is Evil: The "Cute and fuzzy bunnies" from Hoops animated story.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Lampshaded during the boat race. Teddy objects to Aquilla trying to sabotage Hoops' boat because he's already winning, but Aquilla insists that "The only way to win is to cheat".
  • Drive-In Theater
  • Flipping the Bird: Hoops and his friends do this to Teddy and his sailing crew as they pass by him in their sailing ship refitted with part of Teddy's convertible as its outboard motor.
  • Ironic Nickname: Despite his name, Hoops is terrible at basketball.
  • Jerk Jock: Teddy
  • Kick the Dog: The villain literally kicks a dog as part of his over-the-top characterization. He also likes to listen to lobsters scream as he boils them - with a stethoscope, no less.
  • Nautical Knockout
  • Never Say That Again: The very mention of the word "work" is enough to make idle rich snob Teddy clutch his ears in terror.
  • Overlord Jr.: Teddy to Aquilla.
  • Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony: Hoops and his friends try to christen a sailing ship that they fixed up by breaking a small nip of liquor on the bow, but they end up breaking a hole in the ship instead.
  • Searching the Stalls: The leader of a biker gang opens each stall and finds the person he was looking for in the last one.
  • Shout-Out: Egg winds up getting stuck in a Godzilla suit and having a lit cigar thrown in the mouth of it to give the appearance of smoke coming out. He winds up going on a rampage through a scale model of the Big Bad's planned real-estate development plan; complete with explosive pyrotechnics and Bobcat Goldthwait's trademark screaming sounding close enough to Godzilla's roar to pass off.
    • Hoops McCann's name is a reference to the Steely Dan song "Glamour Profession", which features a basketball player by the same name.
  • Take That, Critics!: Siskel And Ebert gave Savage Steve Holland's previous film Better Off Dead a negative review, so at the end of the movie a pair of "Cute and fuzzy bunnies" who resemble them get blown up.
  • The Precious, Precious Car: Teddy's red Ferrari, complete with Vanity License Plate.
  • Vanity License Plate: On Teddys car, "CUL8R". It fittingly stays on the part of the car that has been turned into the outboard motor that was used on the fixed-up sailing ship Hoops and his friends use in the race.
  • Wastebasket Ball: Hoops plays a game of this just after producing another failed cartoon. The wastebasket, which is surrounded by a couple dozen crumpled-up papers, is completely empty.