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Teen Witch (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 28 April 1989 (USA)
High school misfit Louise, at a loss for romance, discovers magical abilities, but the teenage witch finds that she cannot conjure herself true love, so what?

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Dorian Walker
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robyn Lively ... Louise Miller (as Robyn Elaine Lively)
Dan Gauthier ... Brad Powell
Joshua John Miller ... Richie Miller (as Joshua Miller)
Caren Kaye Caren Kaye ... Margaret Miller
Dick Sargent ... Frank Miller
Lisa Fuller Lisa Fuller ... Randa
Mandy Ingber ... Polly
Zelda Rubinstein ... Madame Serena
Noah Blake ... Rhet
Tina Caspary ... Shawn (as Tina Marie Casapary)
Megan Gallivan ... Kiki (as Megan A. Gallivan)
Alsari Al-Shehali Alsari Al-Shehali ... Vincent (as Alssari Al-Shehail)
Shelley Berman ... Mr. Weaver (as Shelly Berman)
Marcia Wallace ... Ms. Malloy
Daniel William Carter Daniel William Carter ... Geek (as Dan Carter)
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Storyline

Louise is not very popular at her high school. Then she learns that she's descended from the witches of Salem and has inherited their powers. At first she uses them to get back at the girls and teachers who teased her and to win the heart of the handsome footballer's captain. But soon she has doubts if it's right to 'cheat' her way to popularity. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Teen Witch See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,875, 23 April 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$27,843
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The interior set for Madame Serena's house did not have steps leading up to it like the shots of the exterior showed. After shutting the front door to leave, Robyn Lively would crouch down as she walked away. See more »

Goofs

When Louise wishes David to leave her alone and the car swerves into oncoming traffic the cars change and disappear in different angles. See more »

Quotes

Louise Miller: [about the disgusting pizza Richie is preparing] This is disgusting! You better clean this mess up before mom gets home.
Richie Miller: I don't have to.
Louise Miller: I am telling you, I don't want to listen to her yell at you. You are an unbelievable pig!
Richie Miller: I'm rubber your glue whatever you call me sticks back on you.
Louise Miller: No! I'm rubber YOUR glue whatever YOU call me sticks back on YOU!
Richie Miller: You think you're hot stuff because you went to a dance. Dream on! No one wants do date you because you are a dog! A dog! A dog!
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Connections

Featured in The Nostalgia Chick: Teen Witch (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

"Popular Girl'
Words and Music by Larry Weir
Performed by Theresa & The Weirz
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I Like BOYS!
25 July 2009 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

With Teen Witch, you can get your friends together who want to get a dose of the 80s - an elephant-size heroin injection of the 80s, complete with Madonna-ripoff soundtrack and single-pig-tail and spandex - and get quite a good many laughs at its expense. Or sometimes with it, but very rarely. It's a film with the intent to put forth the old and very tired cliché: a girl who can't fit in will do stuff to make herself fit in really big, only to discover, color us shocked, that it's really best to just be yourself, maybe, if you're good enough as is. That's the most of a moral I could get out of it anyway. Oh, and if you're a high school girl, the quarterback is always a Tom Cruise clone, I guess, only a little more buff and less creepy.

But man-o-man, get ready for cheese here. And sometimes some weird surprises in the cast. Such as Shelly Berman (who some might recall as Larry David's father on Curb Your Enthusiasm) in a bad hairpiece as the most incomprehensibly bad and nosy teacher ever who gets his just desserts (or too much thereof) with a mojo-doll mock-up of himself by Louise Miller. Or Marcia Wallace basically doing a start-up version of her Mrs. Krabappel character on the Simpsons only as a drama teacher. Or even Dick Sergeant as the father of the household. Best of all is little old Zelda Rubinstein, the perennial little old lady in movies, who is perfect as the mentor witch to Robin Lively's Louise, giving sage advice and sometimes just doing silly things like making cute guys out of frogs. Yeah, one of those old-lady witches.

So, what to expect? Lots of random musical segments, usually complimented by a boombox or stereo nearby, with songs like "I LIKE BOYS!" in a girl's locker room, or with the really shockingly dated and howlingly funny white-guy rapping on the street that becomes a rap-off with Louise's possessed best friend. Oh, and lots of montages, and cruel jokes, and a very stereotypical mean-little brother of Louise's who may in fact be playing it too gay for a kid of pre-pubescent age. And a final prom scene that reeks of silliness and oddly timed romance. And did I mention the 1980's? Be warned, this is so unabashedly of its time and era and locked-in-John-Hughes mode of thought that you'll wonder if it's still the 21st century by the time it ends. Guilty pleasure.


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