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A strong-willed female stock car driver challenges her chauvinistic crush to a race to win his respect- and get him into bed.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Betsy Russell ... Tomasina 'Tomboy' Boyd
Gerard Christopher ... Randy Starr
Kristi Somers ... Seville Ritz
Richard Erdman ... Chester
Philip Sterling ... Earl Delarue
Eric Douglas ... Ernie Leeds Jr
Paul Gunning ... Frankie
Toby Iland Toby Iland ... Harold
E. Danny Murphy E. Danny Murphy ... Pimples
Rory Barish Rory Barish ... Jennifer
Cynthia Thompson ... Amanda (as Cynthia Ann Thompson)
Cory Hawkins Cory Hawkins ... Carlos
Shane McCabe Shane McCabe ... Goodley
Aaron Butler Aaron Butler ... Tod
Dennis Hayden ... Bartender
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Scrappy, willful, and fiercely self-reliant spitfire hoyden automobile mechanic Tomasina 'Tommy' Boyd develops a huge crush on cocky race car driving dreamboat hunk Randy Starr after meeting Randy at a party held at a jerky rich guy's house. However, male chauvinist Randy won't take Tommy seriously because she's a gal, so Tommy dares Randy to a high stakes souped-up automobile race in order to win over his respect. Written by Woodyanders

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It's not just a man's world anymore.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1985 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Adolescente salvaje See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,723,935, 27 January 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,100,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Eric Douglas himself was no fan of this movie. In 1994, when asked whether the critics were right to pan it as they'd done, Douglas answered by bursting into exaggerated death-groans. See more »

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The naked man Tommy encounters has tape visible on his lower abdomen, which is apparently being used to cover his genitals. See more »

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FEELIN' MY WAY (LOVE THEME FROM TOMBOY)
Performed by P.F. Solo
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Another 80's teen flick, yay!
24 August 2002 | by BlackJack_BSee all my reviews

Betsy Russell, the 80's B-film queen who provided two of the only three reasons that Private School is worth seeing (Michael Zorek is the other) is miscast as Tomasina "Tommy" Boyd, a young woman who works as a mechanic and dreams of being a stock car driver and meeting her idol Randy Starr. She is also the tomboy of the film, who acts like a jock with her love of athletics than the usual girl things, unlike her friends.

Once again, this is an 80's film, so get ready for the requisites of the best decade of the 20th century. You'll see an aerobic style dancing display, shower scenes, a party, feathered hair, horrible fashions, music in the background almost half the time, etc. At least it's easier to take than the cheeziness you'll see in teen-pop videos, but it's cheddar all the way.

Betsy Russell, even with the Joel Polnochek hairstyle, just can't play a realistic tomboy. She's a gorgeous looking woman. Granted, I may be stereotyping here, but she's not the type who conveys it properly. I'd say that Drew, Lucy, and Cameron of "Charlie's Angels" fame are more "tomboyish".

While nothing more than poor, there are a few good scenes, such as the silly donut commercial that Tommy's friend Seville does, a scene where Tommy eyes her Randy Starr poster and the camera pans it down to a certain area. Also, if the makers of Gran Turismo are reading this, please put the cars featured in this movie in your next game, they rock. I'd love to drive one of those instead of a $2,000,000 F1. Otherwise, pass!


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