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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 »

Director:

William Dear

Writers:

Fred Dekker (story), Darren Star (screenplay)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Teen Agent See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,788,597
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cable)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Two of the ideas for gadgets in this film - exploding gum and X-ray glasses - were later used in spy films Mission: Impossible (1996) (the gum) and The World Is Not Enough (1999) (the glasses). See more »

Goofs

At the dinner table, the champagne glass in front of Michael is alternately full and empty. See more »

Quotes

[on the phone]
Marge: Hello, Michael, it's mother.
Agent Corben: Hello Mother.
Marge: Listen, honey, I forgot to tell you, pick up an extra bottle of Chanel when you go shopping, grandma will want one too.
Agent Corben: Chanel? Shopping? Grandma?
Marge: That's right. Michael you sound tired, try to get some sleep on the plane.
Agent Corben: Ok?
Marge: Bye sweetheart, we miss you sweetie.
[makes kissing noises into the phone]
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Connections

References We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song (1985) See more »

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Who Do You Love?
Written by John Holliday, Trevor Steel, John Christoforou and Milan Zekavica
Performed by The Escape Club
Produced by Chris Kimsey
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp./Warner Music International
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Every time I watch this, I laugh
18 October 2010 | by michaelbauersSee all my reviews

I am rating this to up the rating. And reviewing it, just to add my piece of mind.

First off, the french teacher. Hilarious. Best part of the whole movie. "I want all references to the operative, the french teacher." Next, the dialog. It's funny. Most of the time, it's great. At least I find it funny most of the time.

The lead actor did a pretty good job. He's as flat as a pancake. But I think he's supposed to be a superficial high school student. They could have made him a bit more bright. He does save the day in the end. And it would be slightly more believable if he came across as a bit brighter from the start. But, you know, it's a comedy. You can't be too critical.

I realize this is sort of a demographic movie. I am sure it's aimed at teens as a fantasy. At 45 though, I still appreciate a mindless fantasy/comedy/adventure. And this is a pretty good one. I think it deserves a better rating - I rate movies with based on similar movies. I don't compare this to Das Boot, for example. I compare it to say, Hackers or something like that.


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