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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.

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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
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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Richard is in the kitchen talking to Doug, he speculates about what would happen if Katie met a duke or a prince in Europe. He asks "What about that Prince Charles guy?", and Doug responds, "Prince Charles is married." However, both men's lips form the word "Andrew" instead of "Charles." See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Spoofs Flashdance (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Where's the Fire
Written by Mark Keefner, David Green & David Abravanel
Performed by Troy Hinton
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Danza's cheesy daddy dilemma. (spoilers)
4 March 2006 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

"She's Out of Control" was actually one of two light comedies released in 1989 regarding overprotective, single fathers and their fifteen year old daughters who have just started dating. The other was "Dream Date," a made-for-TV comedy with Clifton Davis and The Cosby Show's Tempestt Bledsoe. Considering some of the minor characters in "Dream Date" (including Pauley Shore as a brain-dead high school student who was convinced that the father is the devil) and it being predicated upon more slapstick humor than we saw in "She's Out of Control," it is a bit funnier in comparison, although probably geared for the more "wholesome" family film choice. But in the end, there is still something lacking (and probably at my age, I would no longer find it all that funny) in a tale of an obsessive, overbearing father trying to prevent his teenagedaughter from participating in the dating game.

Be prepared for extra doses of Tony Danza, if you can. Here, he plays Southern California radio-show manager and single dad Doug Simpson, who's eldest daughter, Katie (Ami Dolenz)has just dropped her dorky vices (braces, magnified glasses) and gotten a make over. Now it seems, every boy in town is calling her or showing up at her doorstep to court her. And while this comes as a shock to her father at first, despite the insistence of his girlfriend, Janet (Catherine Hicks) that this is all normal for the girl and in fact, good for her, he is still unconvinced and becomes not only paranoid, but soon enters therapy.

Doug's therapist, Doctor Fishbinder (Wallace Shawn), decides that his book would serve as a handy guide, which encourages Doug only to intervene into his daughter's dating choices even further. On the one hand this is funny (such as the scenes with him walking in on a party and then befriending her "misunderstood" boyfriend, which winds up costing him his Jaguar), but on the other, the repetition may start to weigh on the viewer as the story becomes insurmountably ridiculous (I'm not sure where Danza was going with the explanation about being involved in the lunch counter sit-ins when he is under the impression that Leroy might have come to pick up his daughter for a date).

I would have to agree that this movie suffers from being too dated. That the appeal to audiences around the time of this film's release was probably the fashion, the music, even the actors themselves (Ami Dolenz for younger audiences and probably, Tony Danza, before he because more of a pop culture joke), things which are probably very cheesy by today's standards. Yet, I'm sure it is still a favorite among 80s nostalgics (although, I'll pass on this one). In any event, I think this kind of story much better done with Dream Date. Because it was a made-for-TV movie, it had to be sweet and concise.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

14 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daddy's Little Girl See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,653,142, 16 April 1989

Gross USA:

$12,065,892

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,065,892
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Dolby

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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