The Wild Life (1984)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  28 September 1984 (USA)
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Eighties teen romp involving Bill and his new apartment, Jim and his rebellious antics, Tom and his crazy self, and Anita with her older man David.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Drake (as Christopher Penn)
Jim Conrad
Bill Conrad
Brin Berliner ...
David Curtiss
Donna (as Susan Blackstone)
Cari Anne Warder ...
Robert Ridgely ...
Craig Davis
Jack Kehoe ...
Mr. Parker
Simone White ...
Brenda (as Jennifer White)
Beth McKinley ...


Eighties teen romp involving Bill and his new apartment, Jim and his rebellious antics, Tom and his crazy self, and Anita with her older man David. Written by Josh Pasnak <>

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From the creators of 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High" - something even faster! See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

28 September 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Attention Délires!  »

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$9,500,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The soundtrack was composed and recorded by Edward Van Halen, much of which was reworked and used in subsequent Van Halen releases. See more »


When the guys are driving to the strip club, you can clearly see a cop car blocking a side street to prevent any cars from interrupting the filming on the main street they are driving on. See more »


[repeated line]
Tom Drake: It's casual.
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Referenced in TV Land Confidential: Movies (2007) See more »


Performed by Hanover Fist
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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a nice silly meaningless film
9 January 2001 | by (st. pete, fl usa) – See all my reviews

Sometimes I don't want to watch a classic film. No thought provoking drama, or a witty snappy comedy. Sometimes I just want to watch a silly little meaningless film on a rainy or snowy day. This is the film to watch.

It has some good talent in it who were just getting started. That is always interesting to see. The story is this, kid(Eric Stolz) leaves high school and wants to move out on his own, trouble ensues. Freaky friends(Chris Penn, Rick Moranis), unattainable girl(Lea Thompson) and a over nagging family is all featured here. There is also a nude scene in a bar, so beware. There is a minor storyline about the little brother(Ilan Mitchell-Smith) who befriends a Vietnam vet who he starts looking up to, and later learns a little too much about his past.

So if you want to give your mind a rest, your sick with the flu, snowed in or just feeling kind of silly, watch this movie and enjoy. I do own this movie and have enjoyed seeing it about 8 times now.

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