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Loverboy (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 28 April 1989 (USA)
College sophomore Randy Bodek is unfocused. The only thing he knows is that he loves his roommate, Jenny Gordon, who feels unappreciated as other things in his life seem to take precedence ... See full summary »

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Randy Bodek
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Diane Bodek
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Joe Bodek
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Jenny Gordon
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Jory Talbot (as Charles Hunter Walsh)
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Alex Barnett
Bernie Coulson ...
Sal
Ray Girardin ...
Henry
Rob Camilletti ...
Tony (as Robert Camilletti)
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Kim Miyori ...
Kyoko Bruckner
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Dr. Reed Palmer
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Claude Delancy
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Monica Delancy
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College sophomore Randy Bodek is unfocused. The only thing he knows is that he loves his roommate, Jenny Gordon, who feels unappreciated as other things in his life seem to take precedence over her. He hasn't even told his parents, Diane and Joe Bodek, that he is living with a female, let alone a significant other. As such, Jenny breaks up with him at the end of the semester. While Randy is home during the summer break, Joe, against Diane's wishes, decides not to fund Randy's college education anymore as he is flunking all his classes, and hasn't yet declared a major. Not knowing what to do besides try to get back to college if only to be with Jenny, Randy gets a minimum wage job as a delivery guy at a pizza joint. During the course of his job, he meets Alex Barnett, a beautiful, older, sophisticated woman who likes pizzas with extra anchovies. To his surprise, she seduces him, after their sexual encounter which she gives him $200 to help him get back to college. Without telling him, ... Written by Huggo

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Randy Bodek has no idea how to treat a woman . . . but he's working on it. [Theatrical] See more »

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$3,960,327 (USA)
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A August 1985 issue of sports illustrated with Bernie Kosar is on the Bodek coffee table. See more »

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When Randy's father is yelling about him not declaring a major, Randy is sitting sideways, with his legs on arm of the chair. In the next cut, he's stretched out with his legs on the coffee table. When his father turns around in the door way, Randy's instantly sitting sideways again, right before he stands up. See more »

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Harry Bruckner: [of Joe's secretary] Hey, that's not bad. Porkin' her?
Joe Bodek: I'm a happily married man, Harry. At least, I used to be.
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References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

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Blue Tango
Written by Mitchell Parish and Leroy Anderson
Performed by the Claudius Alzner Orchestra
Courtesy of Fiesta Record Co., Inc. and Turicaphon AG
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The love doctor of Beverly Hills.
27 April 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

This was one of three romance comedies (along with In The Mood and Can't Buy Me Love) that Patrick Dempsey starred in around '87 and '88 about a young guy who knows who he wants to be with, he just can't seem to figure it out at first.

Loverboy, actually, is a plot very similar to In The Mood because it deals with a young man "wooing" older women and eventually, they teach him something about love that he will help appreciate a young girlfriend, when he finds one.

Loverboy concerns the story of hot shot Randy Bodek (Dempsey). Things aren't going well. His girlfriend, Jenny (Nancy Valen), thinks he's ashamed of her because he won't tell his parents that he's living with her. But Randy doesn't want to bring up live-in girlfriends to his folks yet because they're about to be baffled by a near flunking report card. So needless to say, Randy is on the brink with both his girlfriend and his parents. His dad refuses to pay Randy's tuition for the next semester, so, as Randy says, "I'm going to start me real life, how hard can that be?" But Randy is in for a rude awakening.

What started out as a pizza delivery job at Senor Pizza turns into Randy's goal to earn enough cash to get back into school and patch things up with Jenny. Things aren't so simple once Randy meets Alex Barnett (Barbara Carerra) an elegant, but mysterious woman who Randy spends some time with. Randy Bodek suddenly becomes "the love doctor of Beverly Hills" (according to his goofy friend, Sal) because now he is being personally called on to deliver anchovi pizzas (the codeword) to the rich, lonely housewives. It seems quite shallow, but Randy's agenda hardly ever includes sleeping with the women. They just want a guy to spend time with them and get some affection from when their work-a-holic or cheating husbands have neglected them. Randy gets an unusual education in, pardon the cliche, what women want.

It's a pretty funny movie because Randy has to hide his new reputation from his parents and nearly everyone else, so it leads to some hastily investigated conclusions as to what Randy might be up to. Plus, Randy, a pretty wimpy looking guy, must also hide from eager husbands looking to put the kid out of business, just as soon as they can figure out what it is that is making their wives all of sudden cheerful.

It's good stuff, lazy Saturday afternoon type comedy with a good cast--Patrick Dempsey, Barbara Carerra, E.G. Daily, Kirstie Alley, Carie Fisher, and my favorite Bernie Coulson (he plays Sal). It is a funny movie about one guy's strange attempt to show his girlfriend that he cares about her. But in all honesty, I would recommend watching 'In the Mood' first, as that is the better of these two similar stories.


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