ANTHONY Edwards, who made his reputation as one of America's favorite nerds in "Revenge" of same, tries a variation on the theme in "Gotcha," a pleasant little comedy in which cloak and dagger meets coming of age.
Edwards plays a shaggy California blond collegian, the kind of guy who can't get girls because he looks too much like Bambi. Women, for those who still don't know how to get them, prefer dangerous types like Edwards' best friend (Nick Corris) who pretends to be a Algerian terrorist named Carlos.
The two friends travel to Paris together allegedly to see the Louvre. Both get lucky, but only one proves an innocent abroad. Andrews falls for a Garbo-esque beauty (Linda Fiorentino) who persuades him to join her in some risky business on the other side of the Berlin Wall. She disappears under mysterious circumstances leavin Andrews behind in East Germany as an unwitting target of Soviet agents.
Jeff Kanew, who also made "Nerds" directs Dan Gordon's screenplay reasonably well, but with abrupt transitions between locales and styles. And since we haven't a clue as to the heroine's political proclivities, it's hard to care about her character as much as we should. It's a built-in flaw that saps the movie of its suspense, but leaves the comedy.
"Gotcha" doesn't grab you like it could, but it does tell you how to get girls in foreign countries which your average male passage movie doesn't do. Besides, it's better than average, the kind of light-hearted undercover romance that says summer's on the way.
GOTCHA (PG-13) -- At area theaters.