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If Looks Could Kill (1991)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy  |  15 March 1991 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Areola Canasta
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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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$7,788,597 (USA)
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Steranko's goons were played by members of a Montreal police SWAT unit. See more »

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As Michael runs through the hotel room after the rocket is fired into it he doesn't have any socks on. When he emerges through the door he is putting on his trainers on over his socks. See more »

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[Mrs. Grober is attempting to reason with Zigesfeld, who has just kidnapped them]
Mrs Grober: Look, this is all very fascinating, I'm sure, but, um, this is simply not on the schedule! You see, we were supposed to be in Dijonn this morning. You understand? Mustard land! And - and last night we were supposed to be in a eucastle in Straussberg...
Zigesfeld: Shut up, you whining bitch!
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Written by John Holliday, Trevor Steel, John Christoforou and Milan Zekavica
Performed by The Escape Club
Produced by Chris Kimsey
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp./Warner Music International
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A Pleasant Surprise
15 July 1999 | by (Iowa City, IA) – See all my reviews

"If Looks Could Kill" deserved to do better at the boxoffice. This is another instance of a studio throwing away a perfectly good film by giving it ZERO promotion. This spy spoof, while not a masterpiece, is fast-paced, light and consistently amusing. Perfect non-think entertainment. Richard Grieco is hip and quite likable in his role as Michael Corben, who is prevented from graduating from high school due to a flunking grade in french class. He wrangles his way onto a trip to France with another class and, through hilariously convoluted circumstances, gets mixed up in an espionage plot and mistaken for a master spy. He soon finds himself somewhat enjoying the masquerade but as the plot thickens, has to rely on his wits and ingenuity to keep himself alive and catch the bad guys.

The gags and one-liners spoofing James Bond and other spies come fast and furious, thanks to a clever script by Fred Dekker and Darren Star and fleet-footed direction by William Dear.

Had this movie been released in the Summer instead of the dead of Winter, it probably would have done better. Do yourself a favor and catch it on video now. You'll probably be pleasantly surprised.


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