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If Looks Could Kill (1991)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy | 15 March 1991 (USA)
When Michael Corben, along with the rest of his high-school French class, set out for a trip to France, he runs headlong into international intrigue: Agent Michael Corbin has just been ... See full summary »

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Ilsa Grunt
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Patricia Grober
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Michael Siberry ...
Derek Richardson
Carole Davis ...
Areola Canasta
Frederick Coffin ...
Lieutenant Colonel Larabee
Tom Rack ...
Zigesfeld
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Oliver Dear ...
Kent
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Melissa Tyler (as Cyndy Preston)
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Haywood
Travis Swords ...
Kelly
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When Michael Corben, along with the rest of his high-school French class, set out for a trip to France, he runs headlong into international intrigue: Agent Michael Corbin has just been disposed of by the evil forces of Augustus Steranko. When it's learned that Michael Corbin is alive and well, and still on his way to France, he's beseiged by both the good guys and the bad guys. British Intelligence outfits him with a series of James-Bond-like gizmos, and Steranko sends more would-be assassins after him. Can Michael stop the evil Steranko's plans for European domination? Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

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He's a student mistaken for a spy. Now all he has to do is rescue a beautiful girl, save all of Europe, and graduate from high school. No problem. See more »

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Action | Comedy

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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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15 March 1991 (USA)  »

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Teen Agent  »

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$7,788,597 (USA)
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The thousands of gold coins made Steranko's metallurgists were actually chocolate coins covered in gold foil wrapping. See more »

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At the dinner table, the champagne glass in front of Michael is alternately full and empty. See more »

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Michael Corben: I'm real sorry. I don't know what to say, y'know?
Herb Corben: You don't know what to say? I'll tell you what to say. How 'bout, "Sorry, Mom and Dad, I would've liked to have graduated high school, but I couldn't really fit it into my dating and partying schedule," huh? Or, how 'bout, "Sorry but I was too busy doing jack shit instead of going to my French class!"
Marge: Herb, take a pill.
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Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #6.1 (1991) See more »

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BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW
Written by Matt Aitken, Mike Stock, Pete Waterman
Performed by Kylie Minogue
Produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc./PAL Productions Ltd.
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A breezy spy spoof
15 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you're looking for any sort of award winning cinematic experience with deeply textured meaning this flick is not for you. However if you just want to relax with something that demands almost no thought but will give you more fun than it should this will be perfect.

A teen comedy mixed with spy spoof this was supposed to be the launch pad for current teen dream Richard Grieco. It didn't lead to a big career for him but he is appealing in the lead. His extremely over-waxed eyebrows aside he is attractive and humorous as a college student mistaken for a secret agent on a summer class field trip in Europe.

The script is silly and the situations ludicrous but there are two things that make this worth catching, the gadgets and the cast. Once the plot kicks in Grieco's character is outfitted with the sort of weapons, cars, etc that wouldn't be out of place in a Bond picture all utilized in a fun way.

The real strength of the film though is a cast that is far above what would be usual in this type of flick. Aside from Grieco's game performance there's Robin Bartlett's ever more flustered French Teacher who by the end is kicking butt and taking prisoners. Plus the totally unhinged evil duo of Roger Rees and Oscar winner Linda Hunt chewing the scenery and having a hell of a good time thereby providing the audience with one too. The rest of the cast also plays into the proper mood of lampooning the spy genre making this a breezy delight.

With Quebec standing in for Europe there are some beautiful locations and for any car lover some very cool vehicles. The definition of escapist fare.


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