On the eve of her sister's wedding, suburban teenager Samantha (Molly Ringwald) suffers silently as her family forgets her birthday. Even worse, some total dork (Anthony Michael Hall) keeps propositioning her with sophomoric innuendo when she really craves romantic attention from high-school hunk Jake (Michael Schoeffling). Moving from Samantha's family home as it's invaded by outre relatives to a high-school dance where nothing seems to go her way, this bittersweet teen comedy traces the hopes and disappointments of not only Samantha, but also a host of incidental but memorable characters, from a hapless Japanese exchange student to a prom queen and a posse of barely pubescent nerds. A climactic party scene at which these various strata of young America overcome their rigid hierarchies sets the stage for resolutions both tender and torrid.
In this mild, standard teen farce, geared primarily for the barely teen set, two high-school students (Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith) rather miraculously create Lisa, the woman of their dreams (Kelly LeBrock) via some computer hocus-pocus. Although the two libidinous youths could easily take advantage of the sexually mature and open-minded Lisa, she becomes their mentor instead. Her mission is to help them get the young women they want, but first she has to loosen them up a bit, and in that pursuit the two young teens find themselves in some unusual situations, including an Afro-American nightclub.