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There’s nothing like a good teen comedy – and “Supercool” (2022) is nothing like a good teen comedy. Sorry, but seriously, despite rallying at the end, this film seems as clueless as the characters portrayed in this genre. Wisecracks and bravado are nice, but greatness comes from the humanity within. We struggle to get there in this derivative story, where a neurotic young man wishes for coolness so he can make a play for his high school crush. Thankfully, there’s a sarcastic sidekick (Miles J. Harvey), comical cops and Damon Wayans Jr. as a role model who isn’t what he seems.

A feral Winona Ryder tries to look pretty in pink in “Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael” (1990), an off-brand attempt at Hughesian teen romance. A small Midwestern town is abuzz that a now-famous former denizen is returning for a celebration. Once a quirky teen, Roxy becomes a beacon to Winona, the current high school outcast. Between setup and payoff, however, there are multiple cringey subplots involving a selfish mom, Roxy’s former boyfriend (who should be diagnosed with PTSD), a guidance counselor burning the inappropriate relationship candle at both ends, and petty townies who simultaneously build Roxy up and tear her down.

It’s tough when you’re watching a simple-yet-elegant opening credits sequence and you know that’ll be the best part of the movie. But that’s where we are until we finish digesting the massive backlog of Bruce Willis dirty cop flicks. In “Gasoline Alley” (2022), he’s joined by Devon Sawa, who’s possibly being framed for a homicide, and Luke Wilson, punching above this film’s weight as a glib detective who knows who isn’t the murderer but doesn’t know who is. Willis is Wilson’s partner. Sawa turns amateur sleuth in this sloppily constructed police procedural. Kudos to second unit director Robert Laenen, though.