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Growing Pains (1984)

R | | Comedy | November 1984 (USA)
Four teens on the run from an orphanage spring a fellow orphan recently adopted by a rich family, then trash the whole house.

Director:

Robert Houston
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pamela Adlon ... Girl Joey (as Pamela Segall)
Georg Olden Georg Olden ... Piper
Michael Hentz Michael Hentz ... Mouse / Bartholomew
Joey Coleman Joey Coleman ... Whitey
Christopher Brown Christopher Brown ... Blackie
Anne De Salvo ... Sister Serena
Murphy Dunne Murphy Dunne ... Mr. Kurtz
Karen Black ... Gladys Fitzpatrick
Martin Mull ... Warren Fitzpatrick
Stephen Stucker Stephen Stucker ... Dr. Bender
Kimmy Robertson ... Sarah Fitzpatrick
John Paul Lussier John Paul Lussier ... Garth Fitzpatrick
Edy Williams ... Mrs. Slatt
Hy Pyke ... Mr. Slatt
Gertrude Flynn Gertrude Flynn ... Mother Celestina
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Four teens on the run from an orphanage spring a fellow orphan recently adopted by a rich family, then trash the whole house.

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Comedy

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USA | Canada

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

November 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Manners See more »

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Growing Pains See more »
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Mono

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Color (Metrocolor)
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Final credited acting project of Richard Deacon. The film was released 3 months after his death. See more »

Quotes

Girl Joey: Hey! Pick on somebody your own size!
Piper: Are you a boy or a girl?
Girl Joey: What difference does that make?
Piper: Yeah, obviously a girl.
Whitey: Typical homo. You can't even tell the difference.
Piper: You guys are so lame.
Girl Joey: You've got a lot to learn.
Piper: Yeah,too bad I won't be around here to learn.
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Referenced in Best of the Worst: Wheel of the Worst #12 (2016) See more »

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Things Can Change Overnight
Performed by Adele Bertei
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Trashy, enjoyable, surprisingly focussed kids-in-prison movie
11 September 2000 | by leapsoSee all my reviews

This is a really, really obscure movie - doesn't make the Leonard Maltin guide under either title - which, for trash movie lovers, offers more than a lot of better known flicks.

For those familiar with the women-in-prison genre of campy movies, this is kind of a kids-in-prison equivalent. You don't want to do "Growing Pains"/"Bad Manners" the disservice of taking it too seriously, since it doesn't demand anything of the sort, but unusually for this kind of film, it has the odd serious undertone, and good acting from the kids.

Where it wins, is its unsentimental, hilariously upfront portrayal of the kids and their language - it kind of pre-dates the "South Park" approach in a small way. The adults are routinely presented as gross caricatures. These two factors, in 1984, probably account for the film's howling commercial success, ahem.

Martin Mull and particularly Karen Black give some good value mugging in the grotesque adult category, but it's the kids' film. In a way it also kind of parallels kid rebellion movies like "Over the Edge", which preceded it. Not great, but very watchable, and unusual enough to be a real curio.


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