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I have a soft spot for this righteously silly movie, set in the 70s, about four teenage boys from Ohio who get more desperate to go to a Kiss concert in Detroit each time an act of God (or one of their mothers) threatens to stop them. Each character undergoes a rite of passage that, while generic, is beautifully imagined and infused with knowingly goofy dramatic irony. Unlike the many youth movies that can't overcome their makers' hindsight, this one may actually put you in an adolescent frame of mind. Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, and coproducer Gene Simmons perform in full regalia for about a second. Adam Rifkin directed a screenplay by Carl Dupre; with Edward Furlong, Giuseppe Andrews, James DeBello, and Sam Huntington.

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