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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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Harvey Miller ...
The Professor
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Paolo (as M.A. Nickles)
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Natalie's DMV Examiner
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Les' 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)  »

Also Known As:

To Live and Drive in L.A.  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$22,433,275 (USA)
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Trivia

Richard Masur ad-libbed the "No handles" line. See more »

Goofs

The license plate on the Cadillac changes several times (for instance, when they are parking at Archie's and when they are turning the corner just before getting to the DUI checkpoint) between the vanity plate 'GRANDPA' and the blue and yellow California license plates with a stock number. 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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References The Flintstones (1960) See more »

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THAT'S LIFE
Written by Dean Kay and Kelly Gordon
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Reprise Records
by arrangement with Warner Special Prducts
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An innocent girl. A harmless drive. What could possibly go wrong?
9 April 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

Feast your eyes one of the last films that both Corey's will appear in that are of any merit for the rest of their brief careers. And this can be considered something of merit, despite the nature of the film, since they were only teen stars.

License to Drive is a movie about taking chances, though you can probably figure out from beginning to end how the movie is going to go. No less, it's good 80s fun. Les Anderson (Haim) has turned 16 and is desperate to get his driver's license. Over-confident, it is no surprise that he flunks the exam. But he figures no one would notice. So, he lies to his folks and friends about the whole thing, expecting everything will be smooth sailing until he can retake the exam.

But Les is wrong once again when his parents learned that he lied, serving up a harsh two week grounded term. But Les doens't know when to quit while he's ahead, and decides he's not going to let this little matter inconvenience him. After all, he has a Friday night date with his dream girl Mercedes Lane (Heather Graham). Hence the line, "an innocent girl, a harmless drive, what could possibly go wrong?" Everything. It all has to do with Les borrowing his grandfather's antique (and very off limits) Caddillac, a drunk date, and two friends looking for their newly licensed friend to show them a wild night. Sure it's predictable, but it's just a simple 80s comedy.


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