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In the Mood (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 16 September 1987 (USA)
Based upon the true story of "Sonny" Wisecarver. In 1944, Sonny made headlines nationwide due to his affairs with 2 older adult women. (ie. He was so irresistible, that he was a danger to ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Wisecarver
Betty Jinnette ...
Mrs. Marver, The Landlady
The Judge
Carlo, Judy's Husband
Uncle Clete
Chief Kelsey (Papa Bear) (as Ernie Brown)
Wendy, The Usherette
Dana Short ...
Tony (as Josh Cadman)


Based upon the true story of "Sonny" Wisecarver. In 1944, Sonny made headlines nationwide due to his affairs with 2 older adult women. (ie. He was so irresistible, that he was a danger to women everywhere) Eventually being taken to court by the local authorities. He was only 15. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Lock Up Your Mothers, It's ... The Woo Woo Kid See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Also Known As:

The Woo Woo Kid  »

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The picture began principal photography in August 1986. See more »


Ellsworth 'Sonny' Wisecarver: [to Judy] Listen, every time I hear you say you hate me, I'll know that means you love me.
Ellsworth 'Sonny' Wisecarver: [voice over] It was the goofiest thing I'd ever said.
Judy Cusimano: That's the goofiest thing I've ever heard.
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Referenced in Dallas: Farlow's Follies (1988) See more »


Written by Edgar M. Sampson, Benny Goodman, Chick Webb & Andy Razaf
© 1934, 1936 Robbins Music Corp.
Renewed 1962, 1964, Robbins Music Corp. & Ritvoc Corp.
All Rights Reserved
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Woo Woo...Every young boy's hero!
1 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

I rated this movie.."FG"..for "Feel Good". It moves along rapidly, the storyline and the soundtrack are the key. Great period music, including Jennifer Holiday's version of the title track, is terrific background for this 15 yr. old kid who somehow learns to treat women(older and married always) exactly the way they want to be treated. The fact that this is a true story takes the "yeh sure, this could never happen" out of the mouths of pragmatists.

Dempsey is terrific in these type roles(see: Can't Buy Me Love). Talia Balsam and Beverly D'Angelo are also excellent. But it's the subtle words and facial expressions of Michael Constantine,who plays the father, that give the film that added panache.

If you're looking for a fun and fairly brainless movie to rent for an evening I'd recommend this one.

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