This week, Jeremy Morrison takes a look back at another lost classic from the 1980s with a look at one of Olive Films most exciting new releases, “Secret Admirer,” starring Kelly Preston and C. Thomas Howell.
First, a quick synopsis: Using classic screwball comedy tropes (wisecracking friends, confused identities, romantic entanglements), Secret Admirer is the tale of Michael Ryan (C. Thomas Howell, The Outsiders) a lovesick lad who decides to send the girl of his dreams (Kelly Preston, Jerry Maguire) an anonymous letter confessing his feelings setting off a romantic comedy of errors.
Secret Admirer co-stars Lori Loughlin (TV’s Full House) as Toni, Michael’s friend and – unbeknownst to him – his true love. Rounding out the cast are Dee Wallace Stone (Cujo), Cliff De Young (Shock Treatment), Corey Haim (The Lost Boys), Casey Siemaszko (Of Mice and Men), Leigh Taylor-Young (Soylent Green) and Fred Ward (The Right Stuff).
Starring: Lori Loughlin, Kelly Preston, Dee Wallace, Cliff DeYoung, C. Thomas Howell
SECRET ADMIRER is a whacky tale of love wrapped in a fun case of mistaken identity. C. Thomas Howell stars as Michael, a teen in love with Deborah. When he attempts to woo her with a letter, his best friend Toni (Netflix’s Fuller House) punches up the romance in the letter unbeknownst to Michael. Through a series of silly misplacing of various letters throughout the movie causing them to fall into Michael and Deborah’s parents hands. Hijinks ensue, affairs are underway, and Kelly Preston’s heavy hangers are set free.
The film is another bare bones disc, but Olive Films were sure to release a disc that looked amazing. A fan of screwball comedies, I’m glad to see this title has been given a proper transfer and has found its way to bluray shelves everywhere.
SECRET ADMIRER features fun performances from the cast. Two obvious standouts are Fred (Tremors) Ward and Dee (The Hills Have Eyes) Wallace Stone, with a notable early appearance from Corey (The Two Corey’s) Haim. Good times are sure to be had. Don’t pass this one up, folks.
Check out this film and a plethora of other amazing releases from Olive Films via their official website — www.olivefilms.com.
Jeremy Morrison – Staff Writer
Co-creator/host of the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, film reviewer, screenwriter, Jeremy has more than eight years experience in television and film production. His childhood fascination with the naked breasts featured in the “Friday the 13th” franchise prepared him for absolutely nothing in life. J-Mo lives by one motto: #wecantallbezacksnyder
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