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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 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)  »

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To Live and Drive in L.A.  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$22,433,275
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John Hughes was considered to direct this film. He would have cast Anthony Michael Hall as Les Anderson and Molly Ringwald as Mercedes Lane. See more »

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Natalie and her boyfriend were arrested during the protest. The police would have called her parents. Likewise, in the mad race to the hospital the next morning, no one asked where Natalie was. See more »

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Les' DMV Examiner: Last name first, first name last!
Les: Uh... Anderson... Les Anderson.
Les' DMV Examiner: Buckle up, son, it's the real world out here!
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Waiting for the Big One
Written by Rick Neigher and David Cole
Produced by David Cole
Performed by Femme Fatale
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Still Very Funny
27 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

The sixteen year-old Les Anderson (Corey Haim) has a crush on his schoolmate Mercedes Lane (Heather Graham), but he is shy and she has a boyfriend, Paolo (M.A. Nickles), who has a fancy car. Les and his twin sister Natalie Anderson (Nina Siemaszko) are preparing to the driving test and while Natalie studies the questions, he does not pay attention to them. Les fails the test but is not brave enough to tell neither to his father Mr. Anderson (Richard Masur) nor to his pregnant mother Mrs. Anderson (Carol Kane) and his best friends Dean (Corey Feldman) and the clumsy Charles (Michael Manasseri). When Mercedes has an argument with Paolo, she invites Les to date her to make Paolo jealous. Meanwhile Les' parents discover that he has flunked his driver's test and they ground him. However, when Mercedes calls him asking if they are not going to date, Les sneaks away from his house and drives his grandfather's Cadillac that is parked in the garage to date Mercedes in the beginning of a nightmarish night of adventures.

"License to Drive" is a comedy from the 80's still very funny after almost thirty years. This is one of the best roles of Corey Haim in the top of his career immediately after the cult "Lost Boys" and "Lucas" and the debut of Heather Graham. The plot would be considered "politically incorrect" in the present days but fortunately it was not a problem in 1988. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Sem Licença para Dirigir" ("Without License to Drive")


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