Favourite High School Movies

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1. The Breakfast Club (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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62 Metascore

Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy

Votes: 288,123 | Gross: $45.88M

2. Mean Girls (2004)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy

7.0
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66 Metascore

Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George.

Director: Mark Waters | Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Jonathan Bennett, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey

Votes: 273,792 | Gross: $86.06M

3. Brick (2005)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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72 Metascore

A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lukas Haas, Emilie de Ravin, Meagan Good

Votes: 90,073 | Gross: $2.06M

4. Pretty in Pink (1986)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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57 Metascore

A poor girl must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy.

Director: Howard Deutch | Stars: Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Harry Dean Stanton, Annie Potts

Votes: 61,283 | Gross: $40.47M

5. Heathers (1988)

R | 103 min | Comedy

7.3
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73 Metascore

In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids.

Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk

Votes: 68,313 | Gross: $1.11M

6. Ginger Snaps (2000)

Unrated | 108 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.8
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70 Metascore

Two death-obsessed sisters, outcasts in their suburban neighborhood, must deal with the tragic consequences when one of them is bitten by a deadly werewolf.

Director: John Fawcett | Stars: Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle, Kris Lemche, Mimi Rogers

Votes: 35,758 | Gross: $0.00M

7. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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70 Metascore

A pretty, popular teenager can't go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does.

Director: Gil Junger | Stars: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik

Votes: 246,765 | Gross: $38.18M

8. Can't Hardly Wait (1998)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Romance

6.5
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52 Metascore

Multicharacter teenage comedy about high school graduates with different agenda of life on graduation night.

Directors: Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan | Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose

Votes: 39,887 | Gross: $25.34M

9. Hellphone (2007)

98 min | Comedy, Fantasy

5.0
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A teenager feels an endless fascination for his cellular which will enable him to reach his aim: alluring the pretty high-school girl he's in love with. Unfortunately, this special "... See full summary »

Director: James Huth | Stars: Jean-Baptiste Maunier, Jennifer Decker, Benjamin Jungers, Vladimir Consigny

Votes: 1,533

10. LOL (Laughing Out Loud) ® (2008)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Romance

6.3
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When Lola's boyfriend is unfaithful to her on his summer holiday, she dumps him and flirts with his best friend as punishment. But as their class prepares to leave on an excursion to London, the relationship heats up.

Director: Lisa Azuelos | Stars: Sophie Marceau, Christa Théret, Jérémy Kapone, Marion Chabassol

Votes: 7,169

11. Grease (1978)

PG-13 | 110 min | Musical, Romance

7.2
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70 Metascore

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway

Votes: 187,794 | Gross: $188.76M

12. Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

R | 89 min | Comedy

5.7
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32 Metascore

A sendup of all the teen movies that have accumulated in the past two decades.

Director: Joel Gallen | Stars: Chyler Leigh, Jaime Pressly, Chris Evans, Eric Christian Olsen

Votes: 85,626 | Gross: $38.25M

13. Superbad (2007)

R | 113 min | Comedy

7.6
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76 Metascore

Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry.

Director: Greg Mottola | Stars: Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bill Hader

Votes: 454,165 | Gross: $121.46M

14. Saved! (2004)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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62 Metascore

When a girl attending a Christian high school becomes pregnant, she finds herself ostracized and demonized, as all of her former friends turn on her.

Director: Brian Dannelly | Stars: Jena Malone, Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin, Patrick Fugit

Votes: 41,732 | Gross: $8.94M

15. American Pie (1999)

R | 95 min | Comedy

7.0
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58 Metascore

Four teenage boys enter a pact to lose their virginity by prom night.

Directors: Paul Weitz, Chris Weitz | Stars: Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Alyson Hannigan

Votes: 334,546 | Gross: $102.56M

16. Dazed and Confused (1993)

R | 102 min | Comedy

7.7
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78 Metascore

The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Jason London, Wiley Wiggins, Matthew McConaughey, Rory Cochrane

Votes: 135,174 | Gross: $7.99M

17. The Girl Next Door (2004)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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47 Metascore

A teenager's dreams come true when a former porn star moves in next door and they fall in love.

Director: Luke Greenfield | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Nicholas Downs, Elisha Cuthbert, Timothy Olyphant

Votes: 181,371 | Gross: $14.59M

18. The Faculty (1998)

R | 104 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.5
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61 Metascore

Students suspect that their teachers are aliens after bizarre occurrences.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Jordana Brewster, Clea DuVall, Laura Harris, Josh Hartnett

Votes: 97,793 | Gross: $40.06M

19. Get Real (1998)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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A tenderly romantic coming-of-age story as two boys in a British school fall in love.

Director: Simon Shore | Stars: Ben Silverstone, Brad Gorton, Charlotte Brittain, Stacy Hart

Votes: 11,200 | Gross: $1.20M

20. Footloose (1984)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.5
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42 Metascore

A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 57,874 | Gross: $80.04M

21. Bring It On (2000)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

6.0
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52 Metascore

A champion high school cheerleading squad discovers its previous captain stole all their best routines from an inner-city school and must scramble to compete at this year's championships.

Director: Peyton Reed | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Jesse Bradford, Gabrielle Union

Votes: 75,218 | Gross: $68.38M

22. Heavenly Creatures (1994)

R | 99 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.4
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Two girls have an intense fantasy life; their parents, concerned the fantasy is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sarah Peirse, Diana Kent

Votes: 53,238 | Gross: $3.05M

23. Dangerous Minds (1995)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama

6.4
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47 Metascore

An ex-Marine turned teacher struggles to connect with her students in an inner city school.

Director: John N. Smith | Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Dzundza, Courtney B. Vance, Robin Bartlett

Votes: 41,291 | Gross: $84.92M

24. Clueless (1995)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

6.8
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68 Metascore

A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil's popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way.

Director: Amy Heckerling | Stars: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

Votes: 139,086 | Gross: $56.63M

25. Carrie (1976)

R | 98 min | Horror

7.4
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85 Metascore

Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, John Travolta

Votes: 138,839 | Gross: $33.80M

26. Thumbsucker (2005)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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69 Metascore

Justin throws himself and everyone around him into chaos when he attempts to break free from his addiction to his thumb.

Director: Mike Mills | Stars: Lou Taylor Pucci, Tilda Swinton, Vincent D'Onofrio, Keanu Reeves

Votes: 19,449 | Gross: $1.33M

27. Friday Night Lights (2004)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Drama, Sport

7.3
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70 Metascore

Based on H.G. Bissinger's book, which profiled the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Jay Hernandez, Derek Luke, Lucas Black

Votes: 50,846 | Gross: $61.19M

28. Juno (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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81 Metascore

Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman

Votes: 442,644 | Gross: $143.50M

29. The Chumscrubber (2005)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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41 Metascore

A darkly satiric story about life crumbling in the midst of a seemingly idyllic suburbia.

Director: Arie Posin | Stars: Jamie Bell, Allison Janney, Rory Culkin, Glenn Close

Votes: 16,822 | Gross: $0.05M

30. Jawbreaker (1999)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

5.5
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22 Metascore

Three of the most popular girls at Reagan High accidentally kill the prom queen with a jawbreaker when a kidnapping goes horribly wrong.

Director: Darren Stein | Stars: Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz, Judy Greer

Votes: 20,482 | Gross: $3.07M

31. Pump Up the Volume (1990)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.2
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77 Metascore

Mark runs a pirate radio station and causes an uproar when he speaks his mind and enthralls fellow teens.

Director: Allan Moyle | Stars: Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Anthony Lucero, Andy Romano

Votes: 22,869 | Gross: $11.54M

32. Fear (1996)

R | 97 min | Drama, Thriller

6.2
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51 Metascore

When Nicole met David; handsome, charming, affectionate, he was everything. It seemed perfect, but soon she sees that David has a darker side. And his adoration turns to obsession, their dream into a nightmare, and her love into fear.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon, William Petersen, Amy Brenneman

Votes: 34,379 | Gross: $20.75M

33. Girl (1998)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

5.9
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A straight-A teen explores Portland's rock scene.

Director: Jonathan Kahn | Stars: Dominique Swain, Sean Patrick Flanery, Summer Phoenix, Tara Reid

Votes: 2,472

34. American Beauty (1999)

R | 122 min | Drama, Romance

8.4
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86 Metascore

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

Votes: 910,258 | Gross: $130.10M

35. Dead Poets Society (1989)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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79 Metascore

English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles

Votes: 309,973 | Gross: $95.86M

36. The Karate Kid (1984)

PG | 126 min | Action, Drama, Family

7.2
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59 Metascore

A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove

Votes: 142,841 | Gross: $90.82M

37. Just One of the Guys (1985)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

6.5
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Terry Griffith has got it all -- looks, popularity, the perfect college boyfriend, and an article that's a shoo-in to win her a summer internship at the local newspaper... or so she thinks.... See full summary »

Director: Lisa Gottlieb | Stars: Joyce Hyser, Clayton Rohner, Billy Jayne, Toni Hudson

Votes: 10,965 | Gross: $11.50M

38. Dream a Little Dream (1989)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.9
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An accident puts the consciousness of an elderly dream researcher into the body of a bratty teenager. The problem? The kid prefers dreamworld limbo to real life.

Director: Marc Rocco | Stars: Corey Feldman, Jason Robards, Piper Laurie, Meredith Salenger

Votes: 5,321 | Gross: $5.55M

39. Sixteen Candles (1984)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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61 Metascore

A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special, as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Justin Henry, Michael Schoeffling

Votes: 83,616 | Gross: $23.69M

40. Frostbitten (2006)

98 min | Horror, Comedy

5.5
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Vampires terrorize a city in Norrbotten.

Director: Anders Banke | Stars: Petra Nielsen, Carl-Åke Eriksson, Grete Havnesköld, Emma Åberg

Votes: 3,656

41. Chronicle (2012)

PG-13 | 84 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.1
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69 Metascore

Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.

Director: Josh Trank | Stars: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly

Votes: 218,078 | Gross: $64.58M

42. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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67 Metascore

A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs and rock n' roll.

Director: Amy Heckerling | Stars: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus

Votes: 78,384 | Gross: $27.09M

43. Hunky Dory (2011)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.2
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46 Metascore

In the heat of the summer of 1976, drama teacher Vivienne fights sweltering heat and general teenage apathy to put on an end-of-term version of Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Director: Marc Evans | Stars: Minnie Driver, Kristian Gwilliam, Adam Byard, Aled Pugh

Votes: 1,007 | Gross: $0.02M

44. Tart (2001)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

4.8
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After her only friend is expelled from their private school in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Cat Storm wants to get close to a boy she is attracted to and recreate herself with new ... See full summary »

Director: Christina Wayne | Stars: Dominique Swain, Brad Renfro, Bijou Phillips, Mischa Barton

Votes: 2,630

45. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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67 Metascore

An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.

Director: Stephen Chbosky | Stars: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd

Votes: 391,393 | Gross: $17.74M

46. Hiding Out (1987)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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A stockbroker on the run from the mob decides to hide out from them by enrolling as a student in high school.

Director: Bob Giraldi | Stars: Jon Cryer, Keith Coogan, Annabeth Gish, Oliver Cotton

Votes: 2,611 | Gross: $7.02M

47. John Tucker Must Die (2006)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Romance

5.8
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41 Metascore

Three ex-girlfriends of a serial cheater set up their former lover to fall for the new girl in town so they can watch him get his heart broken.

Director: Betty Thomas | Stars: Jesse Metcalfe, Ashanti, Arielle Kebbel, Sophia Bush

Votes: 71,810 | Gross: $41.01M

48. Here Comes the Boom (2012)

PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Sport

6.4
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40 Metascore

A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school.

Director: Frank Coraci | Stars: Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler, Greg Germann

Votes: 78,302 | Gross: $45.29M

49. Better Off Dead... (1985)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

7.2
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51 Metascore

A teenager has to deal with his girlfriend dumping him among family crises, homicidal paper boys, and a rival skier.

Director: Savage Steve Holland | Stars: John Cusack, David Ogden Stiers, Kim Darby, Demian Slade

Votes: 36,177 | Gross: $10.30M

50. Never Been Kissed (1999)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.0
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60 Metascore

A newspaper reporter enrolls in high school as part of research for a story.

Director: Raja Gosnell | Stars: Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, Michael Vartan, Molly Shannon

Votes: 72,956 | Gross: $55.47M

51. Tormented (I) (2009)

R | 91 min | Horror

5.2
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A bullied teenager comes back from the dead to take revenge on his classmates.

Director: Jon Wright | Stars: Alex Pettyfer, April Pearson, Dimitri Leonidas, Calvin Dean

Votes: 5,627

52. St. Trinian's (2007)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Family

5.8
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39 Metascore

In order to save their bankrupt school, a group of troublesome girls stage a robbery with a group of geniuses on their tails.

Directors: Oliver Parker, Barnaby Thompson | Stars: Talulah Riley, Rupert Everett, Gemma Arterton, Jodie Whittaker

Votes: 19,432

53. Devil in the Flesh (1998 Video)

R | 99 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

5.2
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When a girl lays eyes on her teacher, sparks fly and so do some heads.

Director: Steve Cohen | Stars: Rose McGowan, Alex McArthur, Peg Shirley, J.C. Brandy

Votes: 2,152