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Johnny Be Good (1988)

R | | Comedy, Sport | 25 March 1988 (USA)
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It's recruiting time and despite being short and scrawny, Johnny Walker is America's hottest young football prospect. His dilemma: should he take one of the many offers from college talent ... See full summary »

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Bud S. Smith (as Bud Smith)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Michael Hall ... Johnny Walker
Robert Downey Jr. ... Leo Wiggins
Paul Gleason ... Wayne Hisler
Uma Thurman ... Georgia Elkans
Steve James ... Coach Sanders
Seymour Cassel ... Wallace Gibson
Michael Greene ... Tex Wade
Marshall Bell ... Chief Elkans
Deborah May ... Mrs. Walker
Michael Alldredge ... Vinny Kroll
Jennifer Tilly ... Connie Hisler
Jon Stafford ... Bad Breath
Peter Koch ... Pete Andropolous
Howard Cosell ... Himself
Jim McMahon Jim McMahon ... Himself
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Storyline

It's recruiting time and despite being short and scrawny, Johnny Walker is America's hottest young football prospect. His dilemma: should he take one of the many offers from college talent scouts or should he attend the local state college with his girlfriend and give up his football career? Written by Steve Derby <sderby@sdeco.com>

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Every college in the country wants Johnny. 'Cause when he's good he's very very good. And when he's bad he's better.

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Johnny portate bien... See more »

Filming Locations:

Alamo Heights, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,249,388, 27 March 1988, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,550,399
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Anthony Michael Hall and Robert Downey Jr. appeared in Weird Science (1985), Hail Caesar (1994), and on Saturday Night Live (1975). See more »

Goofs

A cop is thrown through the windshield of a cop car. The glass breaks in big shards like plate glass. Windshields are made from laminated safety glass and shatter into small pieces that stay together. See more »

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Leo Wiggins: You kind of look like a combo Liberace meets Prince's mom. But it's groovy!
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Theatrical version was rated PG-13. Video version features additional footage and has been "re-rated R." See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Bride of the Monster (1993) See more »

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Loneliness Doesn't Live Here Anymore
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So Disappointing
3 September 2014 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

Just three years after "The Breakfast Club", this film reunites Michael Anthony Hall and Paul Gleason. It aims to achieve the irreverent humor of a film like "Stripes" combined with the titillation of "Porky's". Almost every character in this film is a caricature. You can tell a lot of people put a lot of work into this film, so where does it go wrong?

First, the film's primary story--about a football phenom who is unscrupulously recruited by every powerhouse program in the country--is a serious drag on the humor. There is nothing funny about the sacrifice of educational values to the football money machine.

Secondly, the film tries to include every standard feature of every youth comedy film--the clueless adults, the topless scenes, the humor centering on sex and alcohol--and in so doing, becomes a parody of itself.

I am deducting one point just for the colossal waste of talent.

Robert Downey Jr. is wasted here, playing the wacky sidekick. Uma Thurman's performance as the hometown girlfriend is lost in the silliness.

The entire film is predictable, sometimes cringe-worthy, and boring.

In a scene near the end of the film Hall, Downey and Thurman drive off in a convertible to begin their post-high school lives and there is a sense of what this film could have been: an interesting exploration of the lives of three kids who have issues to face and things to learn. It might even have been funny, too.


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