License to Drive (1988)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  6 July 1988 (USA)
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A teen decides to go for a night on the town with his friends despite flunking his driver's test.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harvey Miller ...
The Professor
Paolo (as M.A. Nickles)
Natalie's DMV Examiner
Les' DMV Examiner
School Teacher / Bus Driver
Helen Hanft ...
Christopher Burton ...


Les doesn't have a driving license yet, but to impress his gorgeous date Mercedes he borrows his grandpa's Cadillac for a night out... and has to witness the poor car going through more and more intense maltreatments. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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Some guys get all the brakes!




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Release Date:

6 July 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

To Live and Drive in L.A.  »

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)


$22,433,275 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Helen Hanft was flown in from New York City to Los Angeles, California so she could play Miss Hellberg. See more »


In the scene when Les was rushing his mom to the hospital, as he tried to drive through the red light and the car wouldn't move, you could see the brake pedal was down. See more »


Les: I'm a free man!
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Written by Lorraine Lewis, Mozzi Rowd and Danny Wilde
Performed by Femme Fatale
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Fasten your seat belts, this is one awesome ride!
26 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When most people think of the seminal 80's teenage actors and films, the first thing that comes to mind are the 'brat pack' films. Sure, those were excellent films and very talented actors, but with all the focus on those actors sometimes the gems get overlooked. License to Drive is surely on of those gems.

License To Drive, one of only a few films that stars both Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, is a perfect 80's teen comedy. Shot at the height of both of the Coreys careers, while they were both still in high school, the film captures their youthful spirit perfectly. License to Drive is hilarious and outrageous while still remaining simple and easy to follow.

Haim plays Les Anderson who like every high school kid has nothing but girls and cars on his mind. But this isn't just any girl. Les has his eye on the most beautiful girl in school. The bombshell is played by a very young and beautiful, Heather Graham. When Les is lucky enough to score a date with the bombshell, the only obstacle he must overcome is his pending drivers license test so that he can take his fathers car to pick her up in.

Like most high school students, Les slept through drivers education class and when the time comes, he fails his drivers test. But the fun has just begun. Les isn't going to let this stop him. He takes the car anyways. Uh oh... this never turns out right. The night takes a turn for the worse when Les's best friend (Corey Feldman) shows up with 'a plan.' Another bad sign. Well the night just gets wilder and wilder and ends up with Heather Graham drunk as a skunk locked in the trunk of a car, police roadblocks, crazed militants running the streets and some really mean and angry drag racers to boot.

License To Drive really has it all. It's a perfect 80's teenage comedy. The DVD has loads of extra goodies including interviews with the stars and tons of deleted footage.

Fasten your seat belts, you're in for one totally awesome ride!!!

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