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She's Out of Control (1989)

PG | | Comedy | 14 April 1989 (USA)
When an average-looking teenage girl gets a makeover, it's enough to make her father become overprotective of her.


Stan Dragoti
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Danza ... Doug Simpson
Catherine Hicks ... Janet Pearson
Wallace Shawn ... Dr. Fishbinder
Dick O'Neill ... Mr. Pearson
Ami Dolenz ... Katie Simpson
Laura Mooney Laura Mooney ... Bonnie Simpson
Derek McGrath ... Jeff Robbins
Dana Ashbrook ... Joey
Matthew Perry ... Timothy (as Matthew L. Perry)
Lance Wilson-White ... Richard
Michael Alaimo Michael Alaimo ... Baggage Handler
Marcie Barkin ... Doug's Secretary
Diana Barrows Diana Barrows ... Lisa
Jan Bina Jan Bina ... Harpist
Michael Bower ... Kid at Beach


Doug Simpson lives alone with his two daughters Katie and Bonnie. Katie has just turned 15 and when Doug is out of town on a business trip she gets herself a treatment at a beauty parlor. She removes her braces and her thick glasses. Without those, she is a beautiful young woman and the boys line up outside the front door to date her. But Doug won't accept that his *girl* is seeing *men*... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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How can you protect your daughter when boys think about sex 652 times a day! See more »




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Film critic Roger Ebert included this movie on his "Most Hated" list. See more »


When Joe comes to pick up Katie in the Flying Saucer Truck, you see him shift down 3 notches which is in to drive, but you see the truck backing up not moving forward. See more »


Doug Simpson: [catching up with Katie] Who was that? Was that, that Joey kid? The kid with the flying saucer truck? I saw the earring. You couldn't make a date with your father, you had to sneak a boyfriend into.
Katie Simpson: Dad, when I broke a date with Joey he thought I was dating another guy, he followed me here. Men are so insecure!
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References Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (1984) See more »


Winning Side
Written by Danny Elfman
Performed by Oingo Boingo
Courtesy of MCA Records
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20 March 2006 | by kirkus910See all my reviews

If you take yourself seriously, assume the fact that you like Requim For A Dream so that makes you some highly-prolific intellectual with an acquired taste in movies (i.e., pretentious) this movie isn't for you. If you don't take yourself too seriously, and you can appreciate a good light hearted comedy once in a while this movie is for you. Call it what you will-- cheesy, over-the-top, etc., at face value this movie succeeds. Tony Danza does a good job at playing the loving dad, and the rest of the cast does well also. This movie works well mainly, in my opinion, because of the music. From Bobby Vinton's Venus, to the Kinks, this movie exhibits all sorts of music. It's used appropriately and timely. Overall the movie is a fun comedy. Now, some other reviewers, like the guy who posted on July 7 of 2000 and gave it one star, he just basically ripped his review off Ebert (go to rogerebert.suntimes.com and look the film up if you want proof) so his opinion isn't valid. He probably hasn't seen it. Just to reiterate, you don't have to lower your intellectual standards to enjoy this. If the only way you can enjoy a film is if it is labeled as independent and it has unwarranted nudity and absurdity, you might not like this. If you saw Donnie darko and now you talk down to people when speaking about it because you think you've gone to the far ends of the earth to expose yourself to new kinds of film, then you take yourself way to seriously and give yourself too much credit. If you are like me and you enjoy a vast array of films of all types, then you may like this movie. But if you hate good music you might also hate this film.

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Release Date:

14 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daddy's Little Girl See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,653,142, 16 April 1989

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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