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In the Mood (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 16 September 1987 (USA)
A 14-year-old nicknamed the 'Woo Woo Kid', is a teenage casanova who has affairs and runs away to marry two older women, mothers themselves, fascinating the public and the media with his romantic prowess.


Robert Kosberg (story) (as Bob Kosberg), Phil Alden Robinson (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Dempsey ... Ellsworth 'Sonny' Wisecarver
Talia Balsam ... Judy
Beverly D'Angelo ... Francine
Michael Constantine ... Mr. Wisecarver / Sonny's father
Betty Jinnette Betty Jinnette ... Mrs. Wisecarver / Sonny's mother
Kathleen Freeman ... Mrs. Marver / The Landlady
Peter Hobbs ... The Judge
Tony Longo ... Carlo / Judy's Husband
Douglas Rowe ... Uncle Clete
Ernie Lively ... Chief Kelsey (Papa Bear) (as Ernie Brown)
Kim Myers ... Wendy / The Usherette
Brian McNamara ... George
Dana Short Dana Short ... Alberta
Joshua Cadman ... Tony (as Josh Cadman)
Nan Woods ... Madeline


Sonny reminisces about a time in his life forty-three years earlier when he was a socially awkward but street smart 15-year-old in 1944. He lived in what he considered a bizarre home life in Los Angeles with his somewhat naive but unusual parents. Like most mid-teen boys, he wanted to meet a nice girl his own age and ultimately fall in love with her. Girls his own age didn't seem to be attracted to him. Instead, he met and romanced in succession two older women: first, twenty-one year old Judy, who was already in a common law relationship which had bore two children, and second, twenty-five year old Francine, whose husband was away at war. After the first highly publicized relationship, he was dubbed "The Woo Woo Kid" by the press. And despite the press resulting from the first relationship after which Sonny vowed not to get involved with an older woman ever again, he met Francine which started the cycle all over again. This press also brought disdain by many, but admiration and love ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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The radio voice of Bob Hope is contributed by an uncredited Dave Thomas, who had impersonated Hope several times on "SCTV." See more »


Judy Cusimano: I want you to know I will wait for you unti you turn 21 or get out of jail, which ever comes first.
Sonny: That is the most romantic thing anyone has ever said to me.
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Memories of You
Written by Eubie Blake & Andy Razaf
© 1930 Shapiro Bernstein & Co., Inc.
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A Funny Movie of a Heart-Breaker Teenager Based on a True Story
26 December 2003 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1944, `Sonny' Wisecarver (Patrick Dempsey) is a fifteen years old teenager having very weird and depressive parents. He gets closer to his neighbor Judy Cusimano (Talia Balsam), a twenty-one years old woman living with a brutal man, Carlo (Tony Longo). His sensitive and delicate way of treating her makes Judy falls in love with him. They decide to escape to get married in a nearby town. A few days later, Carlo calls the police and the couple is arrested. The cases gets publicity, and the tender words of Judy about `Sonny' makes him famous as a heart-breaker. This is the beginning of a nice and funny movie, with Patrick Dempsey in the beginning of his career performing a character who really knows how women are to be treated. A good entertainment, recommended for those who likes comedy. My vote is seven.

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Release Date:

16 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In the Mood See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,118, 20 September 1987

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1.78 : 1
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