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This imaginative film offers a refreshing take on adolescent romance; an amusing coming of age story far above the run-of-the-mill teen fare churned out in abundance. Seventh grader Danny Perillo (Bryan Burke) has a dilemma: his hormones have kicked in and he suddenly finds himself smitten with his best friend Julie (Michelle Trachtenberg). How can he possibly transform their long-time friendship into something more than platonic? Futher thwarting Danny’s goal is Archie (Michael Galeota), the hot-shot macho boy in their class - an intimidating rival for Julie’s affections. Danny is utterly disheartened and visits his father's grave in hope of some solace. Out of nowhere appears Hubbie Darling (Ralph Macchio), a tenor sax player from the heyday of Chicago jazz who's been dead for 60 years. The two become fast friends, and Danny confides his girl troubles to Hubbie. As the story unfolds to the tune of Hubbie’s smooth sax sounds, it turns out Hubbie has some serious heartache of his own. Back in the old days he was killed in a freak accident on his way to meet his true love, and now he's doomed to roam the cemetery until she finds him there. Well versed in affairs of the heart, Hubbie is determined to help Danny with his girl problems. Unfortunately, Hubbie's idea of romance is shaped by 1930s films of his youth, which he shows to Danny as guides to wooing a lady. Hubbie’s out-dated courting methods cause Danny serious embarrassment when he tests them out at school, but after some amusing trial and error they hit upon a plan that does the trick with Julie, and unexpectedly brings about an auspicious resolution for Hubbie as well.