Michael has to take summer class in French, a class trip to France, to graduate high school. He is, however, mistaken for an agent and people try to kill him. There are 007 style cars, cuties, crooks etc.


William Dear


Fred Dekker (story by), Darren Star (screenplay by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Grieco ... Michael Corben
Linda Hunt ... Ilsa Grunt
Roger Rees ... Augustus Steranko
Robin Bartlett ... Mrs. Grober
Gabrielle Anwar ... Mariska
Geraldine James ... Vendetta Galante
Michael Siberry ... Richardson
Carole Davis ... Areola Canasta
Frederick Coffin ... Lt. Col. Larabee
Tom Rack ... Zigesfeld
Roger Daltrey ... Blade
Oliver Dear Oliver Dear ... Kent
Cynthia Preston ... Melissa Tyler (as Cyndy Preston)
Michael Sinelnikoff ... Haywood
Travis Swords Travis Swords ... Kelly


When Michael Corben, along with the rest of his high-school French class, set out for a trip to France, he runs headlong into international intrigue: Agent Michael Corbin has just been disposed of by the evil forces of Augustus Steranko. When it's learned that Michael Corbin is alive and well, and still on his way to France, he's beseiged by both the good guys and the bad guys. British Intelligence outfits him with a series of James-Bond-like gizmos, and Steranko sends more would-be assassins after him. Can Michael stop the evil Steranko's plans for European domination? Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

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He's a student mistaken for a spy. Now all he has to do is rescue a beautiful girl, save all of Europe, and graduate from high school. No problem. See more »


Action | Comedy


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Though rated PG-13 in the US, it is quite violent for the rating, with bullet squibs numerous for many deaths, i.e. and other things that would be found in an R rated feature. It was shown uncut around the world, only given a 16 rating in Germany and a 14 rating in Finland for the violence, but PG in both the UK and Australia. See more »


When Michael is driving the car then uses the 'disable vehicle' the two back tyres go flat, then in the next shot it shows one of the back tyres fully inflated. See more »


[on the phone with the French Teacher]
Haywood: We are fully apprised of the situation. It is best if you forgot whatever it is you thought you saw.
Mrs Grober: But-But how can I? We are talking about Michael Corben!
Haywood: Mrs. Grober, are you sure you're completely aware of the full import of this situation?
Mrs Grober: Of course I am! I am the French teacher! God, I'm gonna kill that kid!
Lt. Col. Larabee: Keep her talking.
Haywood: Oh, that won't be a problem!
[Larabee summons an aide]
Lt. Col. Larabee: I want all references to the operative called "the French Teacher." You go back...
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Referenced in Class Act (1992) See more »


Loud Guitars, Fast Cars and Wild, Wild Livin'
Written by Gregg Fulkerson, Michael Spears and Richard Black
Performed by Contraband
Produced by Kevin Beamish and Randy Nicklaus
Courtesy of Impact Records
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Reasonably Funny Spy Spoof
5 August 2009 | by imdb-21622See all my reviews

I get tired of pointing these things out to people, but this is a comedy. People complaining about that fact that's it's unrealistic seem to be missing something. At no point did the movie makers expect you to find this realistic.

It's an escapist teen fantasy. Ordinary guy gets to drive expensive car, meet cute women, and have an adventure.

Of COURSE it's ludricous. But it's cute and funny in a lot of spots. I laughed out loud many times BECAUSE it's silly. So if you prefer sophisticated humor, maybe this is not for you.

It's less silly than say Top Secret. It's more of a straight action/adventure - it's just that the premise is totally unrealistic and so is the protagonist - he goes from being clueless to saving the day. Don't expect James Bond here people - it's not supposed to be.

I give it 7 out of 10. Why? Because it made me laugh out loud in multiple spots. Which is the point to comedies.

(Why some people watch comedies when they lack of a sense of humor is beyond me - some of the comments made here indicate that they do, though :)

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Release Date:

15 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

If Looks Could Kill See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,246,819, 17 March 1991

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Warner Bros. See more »
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