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If Looks Could Kill (1991)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy | 15 March 1991 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


William Dear


Fred Dekker (story), Darren Star (screenplay)
3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Grieco ... Michael Corben
Roger Rees ... Augustus Steranko
Linda Hunt ... Ilsa Grunt
Robin Bartlett ... Patricia Grober
Gabrielle Anwar ... Mariska
Geraldine James ... Vendetta Galante
Michael Siberry ... Derek Richardson
Carole Davis ... Areola Canasta
Frederick Coffin ... Lieutenant Colonel Larabee
Tom Rack 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


PG-13 | See all certifications »

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USA | Canada



Release Date:

15 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Teen Agent See more »


Box Office

Gross USA:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


| (cable)

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Zigesfeld was originally known as "The Abolisher." See more »


In the hotel room while Korben is trying to figure out the condoms, a missile is fired at his bed. Even before the missile hits the bed the room looks destroyed. See more »


[when Michael is fighting Zigesfeld]
Michael Corben: Hey, your dick's on fire!... Made ya look!
[Zigesfeld's glove rips off, revealing his robotic hand]
Zigesfeld: Rrrrrrrrr!
Michael Corben: Shit!
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Referenced in Mission: Impossible (1996) See more »


Teach Me How to Dream
(Love Theme from 'If Looks Could Kill')
Written by David Foster and Dean Pitchford
Performed by Robin McAuley
Produced by David Foster
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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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