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License to Drive (1988)

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

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Harvey Miller ...
The Professor
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Paolo (as M.A. Nickles)
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Natalie Anderson
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Natalie's DMV Examiner
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Karl
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Christopher Burton ...
Rudy
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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 <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Some guys get all the brakes!

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6 July 1988 (USA)  »

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To Live and Drive in L.A.  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$22,433,275
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1.85 : 1
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Corey Haim was in the process of getting his license during filming. See more »

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When Les is taking his driver exam and is asked to stop on the hill, in both shots after the initial stop and after he drops the emergency brake the ignition is in the off position. See more »

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Mr. Anderson: The last thing he's gonna be worried about is his car,
[opens the door to let grandpa in]
Mr. Anderson: Hi Dad.
Grandpa Anderson: Where's my Caddy?
Mr. Anderson: [grabs Les and puts him in front of him frightly] LES DID IT!
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I Feel Free
Written by Jack Bruce and Peter Brown
Performed by Belinda Carlisle
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Fun and Lightweight...Just what a teenage comedy needs to be!
16 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

License to Drive is one of those few movies to come on at three in the morning on a Friday night that will always capture my attention. It is a fun comedy, and one of the last of its genre at the near end of the decadent 80s.

One-time teen sensations, Corey Haim and Corey Feldmen, hot off Joel Schumacher's teen vampire opus The Lost Boys, star as a pair of friends who spend one wild night in Haim's character, Les Anderson's grandfather's 16-year old prize Cadillac. Well, naturally, hilarity ensues, as does every driving disaster known to man.

Great performances abound, especially our two starring Coreys, but also look for stand-out turns by Richard Masur and Carol Kane as the hapless parents of Les. Also keep your eyes opened for a young Heather Graham, who plays the aptly named Mercedes, and the object of young Les' affection.

All in all, an enjoyable, breezy comedy.

Highly recommended.


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