Preston and Denise's friendship is well written. They're purely platonic, and you get the feeling they've been friends for years and will always be friends. Denise doesn't have a crush on him (skillfully used for Watts in SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL, less so for Ducky in PRETTY IN PINK), and Preston doesn't have a crush on her. The writers didn't cop out by making her gay. Just a nice friendship.
Preston wants to give Amanda a letter he wrote years ago, and as they're in the car, Preston hears "Mandy," by Barry Manilow. Yes, magical thinking figures heavily into unrequited crushes.
I don't think there's a girl who wants everyone in school to sign her yearbook (played with nausea-inducing perkiness by Melissa Joan Harte).
Ah, the band appears: their dissension adds another subplot on top of a hundred. I don't remember their name- something burger?
Mike and his friends enter, and their girlfriends scream. All the couples are height coordinated- that's very weird.
Jennifer Love Hewitt. I think she's fine for this role- perfection is supposed to be bland- but I don't like her as a performer. I wasn't even fond of her in PARTY OF FIVE. I can't say what it is about her that flies up my nose, but there it is.
I forgot that Preston and Denise had gone out. In eighth grade. I don't know what going out at that age entails. Texting? Facebook status? Holding hands?
Amanda's friends comfort her by saying she's pretty than Gwyneth and Mike is no Brad Pitt, not even Brad from TWELVE MONKIES (hee, he was disturbing in that movie. Terry Gilliam is so overrated).
"The beer has gone bad!" Hugely funny!
Kenny is talking to the girl-werewolf he'll later kill. Yay, for BUFFY cross-over!
Clea Duvall (another BUFFY alum) spurns Kenny. Aw, I feel bad for him.
Preston sees Amanda and sits down next to her. His friend does a total cock-block on him by relating an embarrassing story. Why do friends do this? Why do they pull that move right when the stakes are incredibly high?
Do I do that?