I got the feeling that they wanted to cast Christian Slater and Phoebe Cates in this. John Cryer plays a stockbroker from Boston who hides out in his cousin's high school when the mob tries to keep him from testifying in court. Standard fish out of water, chased by the mob, twenty-nine year old class president story.
And of course, he falls in love with the prettiest girl in school (Annabeth Gish).
John Spencer is an FBI agent blah blah blah. I didn't watch this movie for the plot - I just wanted to see Gish and Spencer around a decade before I really became aware of them. Ok, I just did the math. Gish was 30 when she first appeared on the X-Files. She's 16 in this movie. No wonder she looked so much younger.
John Spencer, on the other hand, looks about like West Wing fans would expect.
Bottom line: Don't seek this movie out unless you're an Annabeth Gish fan. If it shows up on TiVo and you're an 80s nut, you have my permission to watch it. Dig the clever placement of "Catch Me Now, I'm Falling" during the rollerskating scene. Ah, such clever filmmakers we had in the late 80s.