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To get to know his girlfriend's son, a working-class good guy volunteers to pick him up from a prep school - only to learn that her son isn't the nicest kid.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dutch Dooley
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Doyle Standish (as Ethan Randall)
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Natalie Standish
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Reed Standish
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Brock
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Hailey (as E.G. Daily)
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Homeless Woman
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Gritzi
Lisa Figus ...
Party Woman
Cedering Fox ...
Party Woman
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Party Woman
Kyle Fredericks ...
Maid
David James Alexander ...
Man #1
Ross Borden ...
Man #2
Joe Baker ...
Party Butler
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Working-class good guy Dutch Dooley is the current boyfriend of a wealthy, snobbish tycoon's ex-wife. Volunteering to drive the woman's son home for Thanksgiving to Chicago from his boarding school in Georgia, little does Dutch expect the picaresque adventures in store for him. When a blunt, down-to-earth construction worker takes to the road with an insufferable twelve-year-old snob (desperately insecure under the surface) who does not approve of him in the least, quite a little must happen before they can reach their destination as friends -- or, for that matter, get home at all. Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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Can a big kid bring out the child in a little jerk? See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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19 July 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Driving Me Crazy  »

Box Office

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,603,929 (USA)
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The surname of Doyle and his family is 'Standish' this name was also used in another John Hughes film 'The Breakfast Club' for Molly Ringwald's character Claire Standish. See more »

Goofs

When Doyle is riding in the back of the car and talking to the prostitute, shots of Doyle and the prostitute show many lights and other cars visible through the rear window. Shots through the front window of the car show an unlit, traffic-free road ahead. See more »

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[first lines]
Party Woman: Pardon my incredulity, Natalie, but I'm very surprised to see you here. Pleasantly so, of course.
Natalie: I'm a little surprised to see myself here, too, Mary Alice. Pleasantly so, of course.
Party Woman: Were you here last year?
Natalie: No, I wasn't invited last year.
Party Woman: Oh, curious. That must have been an accident. Oh, do you know Libby?
Natalie: No, I don't believe I do.
Party Woman: Libby, this is Natalie Standish. Natalie is Reed's... Oh, is it alright to...
Natalie: Say that Reed got me pregnant when I was a barhop at your country club? ...
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Crazy Credits

Extra footage of 'Dutch" shooting off fireworks plays behind end credits See more »

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Referenced in Married with Children: Dial B for Virgin (1994) See more »

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Snatch It Back And Hold It
Written by Junior Wells (as Amos Wells)
Performed by Junior Wells
Courtesy of Delmark Records
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Never judge a book by it's cover!
12 October 2003 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

I recently saw that this film was scheduled to air on TV. Thinking to myself, "I really liked this movie", I went to IMDb to see what others thought of the film. I was utterly surprised to see the mediocre score that was it given, so I perused through the comments. Almost all the comments listed praised this film, as did I. So why the low score?

In the context of recent films such as "Shindler's List", "The Pianist", "Gangs of New York" and other heavies; this film is quiet and unassuming. But should NOT be overlooked!

I had never cared much for Ed O'Neill in his neanderthal 'Al Bundy' role, but my opinion of him turned 180 after this film. He conveys depth, restraint, humor and pathos without resorting to the caricature of his previous work. And it is the chemistry between O'Neill and Embry as the spoiled prep school brat, that carry this film so well.

This is a charming, unassuming film about growing up and first impressions. An excellent family film, that will amuse the younger children and still thoroughly entertain the adults in the room. All of this while reminding us to never judge a book (or a movie) by it's cover.

6.5 out of 10




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