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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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The Professor
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Natalie's DMV Examiner
Les' DMV Examiner
School Teacher / Bus Driver
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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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Written by Bill LaBounty and Sam Lorber
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A fun movie!
2 May 2010 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

I freaking love this movie!Its hilarious!The bit with the drunk just kills me every time.This is an absolute classic,one of the best 80s movies.Haim is SO funny in this(RIP)!and so is Feldman.I laugh so hard every single time I watch it, it just never gets old!Carol Kane does a great job as the pregnant mother and Richard Masur is brilliant.This is a timeless film, I showed it to my friends and they loved it!I may turn them into Corey fans!Heather Graham does a good job in this too, she was quite funny and I like the dress she wears at the party.If you have not seen this movie yet, then rent it,order it,it is well worth it!Id recommend it to Corey fans and comedy lovers.8/10

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