It is graduation time at California’s surf-side Pacifica College – the culmination of four years of sun, sea, surf and occasional study.
Before donning their caps and gowns, though, these gilded youths plan one final dusk-to-dawn party. For roommates Molly (Susanna Hoffs), Val (Dedee Pfeiffer) and Gina (Joan Cusack), this is the first night of the rest of their lives.
The Allnighter was an attempt to turn singer Hoffs from The Bangles into a movie star (it was made by her mother) which failed because she’s not a very good actress, and the film isn’t that great either.
Hoffs and co-star Dedee Pfeiffer (Michelle’s sister) are out of their depth, but the performances of the more experienced Joan Cusack and Michael Ontkean help make this a passable, slightly saucy comedy.
James Anthony Shanta
Tamar Simon Hoffs