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The Boyfriend School (1990)
"Don't Tell Her It's Me" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  21 September 1990 (USA)
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Gus is a fat cartoonist that recently won a battle against cancer, which explains his baldness. But he is also lonely. Therefore, his caring sister tries to set him up with suitable woman. ... See full summary »



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Gus is a fat cartoonist that recently won a battle against cancer, which explains his baldness. But he is also lonely. Therefore, his caring sister tries to set him up with suitable woman. But to do so, she must turn him into an irresistible man. When he falls in love with Emily, Gus takes the identity of a mysterious biker from New Zealand. Written by Steve Richer <>

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A romantic comedy about true love under false pretenses. See more »


Comedy | Romance


PG-13 | See all certifications »





Release Date:

21 September 1990 (USA)  »

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The Boyfriend School  »

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$1,171,762 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Based on the novel by Sarah Bird also entitled "The boyfriend school" She adapted the screenplay for this movie. See more »


Gus's "Maori" pendant bears no resemblance to actual Maori artwork. See more »


Emily Pear: What's your daughters name?
Lizzie Potts: Annabelle. Or piglet, mostly piglet.
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References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »


Don't Ask Me Why
Performed by Dee Dee Belson
Written by David Batteau & Cory Lerios (ASCAP)
Published by Stickystamp Music (ASCAP), Xayas Songs (ASCAP), Bob-A-Lew Songs (ASCAP)
Produced by Cory Lerios, John D'Andrea & David Batteau
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Funny Face
9 April 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Absolutely charming, an old school romance that would never see the light of day in the noughties.

Full of genuinely funny moments, particularly from Shelley Long chastising her infant on the dangers of sticking fingers in sockets or eating oil covered bolts in a non-chalont manner. Leads look great and have the timing for comedy. Jamie Gertz never fails to charm.

Funny, romantic, inspiring and beautiful, says this soppy old romantic.

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