Bad teen film unredeemed by aspirations toward significance. Alienated Mark Hunter (Christian Slater) is a legend in his Arizona hometown as a result of a ham-operated pirate radio program he broadcasts each night. Calling himself "Hard Harry," Mark entertains his listeners by aurally
simulating masturbation. In between orgasms, he serves as a kind of combination Dr. Joyce Brothers/Timothy Leary to classmates oppressed by burgeoning gonads and the crazed machinations of their ruthless principal, Mrs. Cresswood (Annie Ross). Eventually, Mark's inflammatory broadcasts send the
entire burg into an uproar that becomes a media circus.
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