Variety - 01/29/1986
"...Modestly charming....[Connelly is] gorgeous here and quite believable to boot..."
Los Angeles Times - 11/20/1986
"...This sensitively performed, very special comedy is by film makers whose memory of those perilous days of high school, where no emotion is a small one, is tender and acute..."
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Natalie Becker is staying at home studying and working on an essay to meet the president while her father is away. Jeffrey Moran, a childhood friend (whom her father does not know) is having trouble with his stepfather, Jeremy, who is an immature bully, so she lets him stay with her. All sorts of trouble and misunderstandings ensue. Natalie's best friend Polly tries to date a pro baseball player, Zoo Knudson, and is very intrusive on Natalie's personal life, jumping to hasty conclusions. She is also ready to jump on a plane to New York to be with Zoo.
A student invites her runaway friend to move into her house while her father is away only to find that the platonic arrangement crimps her budding relationship with a swellheaded high-school hero. An unusual and refreshing "teenpix" comedy that subverts many of that subgenre's conventions: the heroine is bright and ambitious, the absence of a parent doesn't result in kegger parties, and the big man on campus doesn't necessarily save the day. Winner of an award for Special Recognition in the Genre of Youth Comedy at the Sundance Film Festival.
"Seven Minutes in Heaven" is a touching comedy about love, sex, and how to be a teenager. After making out with baseball star Zoo Knudsen, Polly decides he's the man to take her virginity -- so she chases him from Ohio all the way to New York. Meanwhile, her best friend Natalie has simpler dreams: she wants to get into the right college... and become President of the United States. But in the meantime, she has to deal with some-day-to day problems. Her schoolmate Jeff has just gotten fed up with his parents, so he ran away from home and moved in with Natalie. Of course, all the kids in school now assume that Jeff and Natalie are "doing it." Sometimes it's very hard to be fifteen...
Produced in association with FR Productions and Fifteen Productions, Inc.
Color by Technicolor.
The film received the award for Special Achievement in Youth Comedy at the U.S. Film Festival (Currently known as the Sundance Film Festival)
Additional cast: Margo Skinner (Leonore Franklin); Mathew Lewis (Stew Franklin); Tim Waldrip (Richie Franklin); Paul Martel (Tim Williams).
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