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Book of Love (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 1 February 1991 (USA)
A friend delivers John Twiller greetings from a long gone high school girlfriend. This makes him open his school's yearbook - his "Book of Love" - and remember the old times, way back in ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Shaye

Writers:

William Kotzwinkle (novel), William Kotzwinkle (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Young ... Jack Twiller
Keith Coogan ... Crutch Kane
Aeryk Egan Aeryk Egan ... Peanut
Josie Bissett ... Lily
Tricia Leigh Fisher ... Gina Gabooch
Danny Nucci ... Spider Bomboni
John Cameron Mitchell ... Floyd
Beau Dremann ... Angelo Gabooch
Jill Jaress ... Mrs. Kitty Twiller
John Achorn ... Mr. Joe Twiller
Michael McKean ... Adult Jack Twiller
Michael Cavalieri ... Ubaldini
Gary Ellenberg Gary Ellenberg ... Drainpipe
Brent David Fraser ... Meatball
Lewis Arquette ... Mr. Malloy
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Storyline

A friend delivers John Twiller greetings from a long gone high school girlfriend. This makes him open his school's yearbook - his "Book of Love" - and remember the old times, way back in 1956, when he was in his last year of high school and his family just moved to the town. He hung out with geeky Paul Kayne and tried to get the attention of Lily, who unfortunately was together with bully Angelo. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack in the Box See more »

Filming Locations:

Glendale, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$596,131, 3 February 1991

Gross USA:

$1,382,259

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,382,259
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Company Credits

Production Co:

New Line Cinema See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The US release was edited so it could receive a PG-13 rating, even though the directer wanted to give it an R rating, but New Line wanted to be teen safe. Many "F" words were edited out from it's original release but recent releases had all the original "F" words added the way the director intended to have it released. See more »

Goofs

The poster for East of Eden shows a picture of James Dean in his famous red jacket with the white t-shirt and jeans from _Rebel without a Cause (1955)_, a movie which came out on a later date. See more »

Quotes

Jack Twiller: Crutch, the weirdest thing just happened to me. This, this girl offered me hot sex for a dollar.
Crutch Kane: Why didn't you come and get me?
Jack Twiller: Crutch, she was just like, nine years old.
Crutch Kane: So what? My cocker spaniel's only five.
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Connections

Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Rip it up
Written by Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell and John Marascalco
Performed by Little Richard
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a movie unfortunately overlooked by most, kind of like its hero

The movie has a simple goal, and that's to make you like the under-appreciated, overlooked geek known as Jack Twiller--to sympathize with his coming of age: the awkwardness, embarrassing moments, bullies, and, yes, even pimple cream.

There is no great intellectual message, no uplifting moral to the movie. Quite honestly, it doesn't take itself that seriously, which is the entire point. This isn't an art house film, folks. It's a "kick back in your flannel jammies with some ice cream after a rotten day" kind of movie. It's a fun movie made simply to make us laugh. Stop analyzing and digging for profundity. Just laugh.


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