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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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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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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

Features Rebel Without a Cause (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Why Do Fools Fall in Love
Written by Morris Levy and Frankie Lymon
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Mild comedy tradition of the desperate teen virgin.
26 February 2005 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

The Book of Love is yet another addition to the cinematic tradition of the desperate teen virgin, a genre prevalent throughout most 80s teen comedies. However, this was only a mildly funny film that exaggerates the desperate attempt of four 1950s suburban teen friends to lose their virginity, complete with the typical wild imagination of the boys who still have to fill in the gaps of the largely unexplored territory of females, complete with parallels to comic book superheroes and buff movie stars, but it serves better as a nostalgia trip for those obscure films with your favorite 80s teen stars (most notably Chris Young, Keith Coogan, and Danny Nucci). It promises a few laughs but, unless you are one of the few that have immortalized it as a cult classic, you'll probably only wind up watching it once.


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