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License to Drive (1988)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 6 July 1988 (USA)
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A teen decides to go for a night on the town with his friends despite flunking his driver's test.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Les Anderson
... Dean
... Mrs. Anderson
... Mr. Anderson
... Mercedes Lane
... Charles
Harvey Miller ... The Professor
... Paolo (as M.A. Nickles)
... Natalie Anderson
... Natalie's DMV Examiner
... Les' DMV Examiner
... Karl
... School Teacher / Bus Driver
... Miss Hellberg
Christopher Burton ... Rudy
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Les doesn't have a driving license yet, but to impress his gorgeous date Mercedes he borrows his grandpa's Cadillac for a night out... and has to witness the poor car going through more and more intense maltreatments. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Some guys get all the brakes!

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6 July 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

To Live and Drive in L.A.  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$22,433,275
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Manasseri was only 13 when filming started. See more »

Goofs

When the guys are pulling up to Archie's Atomic the vanity plate is missing completely and the cars front tag reads BDR 529. BDR 529 is the Illinois license plates registered to the 1974 Dodge Monaco in 1981's The Blues Brothers. See more »

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Les: Hey dad, did you take a look at that brochure I gave you?
Mr. Anderson: Yeah.
Les: And what did you think?
Mr. Anderson: A 23,000 dollar BMW for a kid who hasn't had a job in his life... I think it's a great idea!
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Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »

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Battle Hymn of the Republic
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Music by William Steffe
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Fun and Lightweight...Just what a teenage comedy needs to be!
16 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

License to Drive is one of those few movies to come on at three in the morning on a Friday night that will always capture my attention. It is a fun comedy, and one of the last of its genre at the near end of the decadent 80s.

One-time teen sensations, Corey Haim and Corey Feldmen, hot off Joel Schumacher's teen vampire opus The Lost Boys, star as a pair of friends who spend one wild night in Haim's character, Les Anderson's grandfather's 16-year old prize Cadillac. Well, naturally, hilarity ensues, as does every driving disaster known to man.

Great performances abound, especially our two starring Coreys, but also look for stand-out turns by Richard Masur and Carol Kane as the hapless parents of Les. Also keep your eyes opened for a young Heather Graham, who plays the aptly named Mercedes, and the object of young Les' affection.

All in all, an enjoyable, breezy comedy.

Highly recommended.


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