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She's Out of Control (1989)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  14 April 1989 (USA)
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When an average-looking teenage girl gets a makeover, it's enough to turn make her father become overprotective of her.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doug Simpson
Janet Pearson
Dr. Fishbinder
Mr. Pearson
Katie Simpson
Laura Mooney ...
Bonnie Simpson
Jeff Robbins
Timothy (as Matthew L. Perry)
Lance Wilson-White ...
Michael Alaimo ...
Baggage Handler
Doug's Secretary
Diana Barrows ...
Jan Bina ...
Kid at Beach


Doug Simpson lives alone with his two daughters Katie and Bonnie. Katie has just turned 15 and when Doug is out of town on a business trip she gets herself a treatment at a beauty parlor. She removes her braces and her thick glasses. Without those, she is a beautiful young woman and the boys line up outside the front door to date her. But Doug won't accept that his *girl* is seeing *men*... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Release Date:

14 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Daddy's Little Girl  »

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$12,065,892 (USA)

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Ami Dolenz, who plays 15 year-old Katie in this movie, was actually 20 at the time. See more »


When Richard is in the kitchen talking to Doug, he speculates on what would happen if Katie met a duke or a prince in Europe. He says, "What about that Prince Charles guy?" To which Doug responds, "Prince Charles is married." However, both men's lips form the word "Andrew" instead of Charles. See more »


Doug Simpson: [about his daughter] Who was that kid?
Janet Pearson: [confused] Andy, from down the street.
Doug Simpson: [disbelieving] Nah nah. The one in the skirt.
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It's out of control.
12 May 2005 | by (Kelfour's Landing) – See all my reviews

Actually, if only, but I couldn't resist.

I was condemned to see this flick tonight, and that's an hour and a half of my life I shall never recover. An obvious and clumsy attempt to make Danza's then-current Who's The Boss? series into a theatrical movie, Danza replicates his overprotective father with a popular daughter to a near-pedophilic degree (something that, with more than a bit of irony, the film touches upon).

The script hits every cliché in the book, from ugly duckling turned into tousled-blonde It Girl, to crackers psychiatrist who turns out not to know anything about his subject, to the lolita in a swimsuit (with amazing lack of support) jiggling in the surf in slow motion, to the string of young punk suitors, to the Recapturing of Youth scene -- complete with candy-red Jag yet -- to the final scene of the younger daughter replicating the same behavior as the wayward lass. The resolution is far too pat, there are a few too many plot holes (excuse me, what orthodontist would pull braces from a minor on the say so of her father's girlfriend?), and surprisingly enough -- given that she loses few opportunities to do so on the 7th Heaven set -- Catherine Hicks is the only principal to avoid shameless overacting.

In this alleged comedy, there are few smiles, no laughs, and very little that is entertaining or edifying. Give it a miss, unless you're wont to use VHS tapes as kindling for your fireplace.

3/10, and that's fairly generous.

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