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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Michael Corben
... Augustus Steranko
... Ilsa Grunt
... Patricia Grober
... Mariska
... Vendetta Galante
... Derek Richardson
... Areola Canasta
... Lieutenant Colonel Larabee
Tom Rack ... Zigesfeld
... Blade
Oliver Dear ... Kent
... Melissa Tyler (as Cyndy Preston)
... Haywood
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 having the adventure of someone else's life. See more »

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Action | Comedy

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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15 March 1991 (USA)  »

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Teen Agent  »

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$7,788,597
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They actually shot the airport scenes in 2 airports. The departure was in Dorval (YUL for any aviation fan) and the arrival was shot in Mirabel (YMX). See more »

Goofs

As Michael climbs down the side of the house in the last scene (carrying Mariska), an explosion occurs and you see his feet lift off the side of the wall. His shoes are supposed to have suction that hold him up, if his shoes lift he should fall - but he does not move. See more »

Quotes

Richardson: Nasty business. I wonder how it happened.
Michael Corben: The ticket. It had my name on it.
Richardson: Of course.
Michael Corben: I didn't wanna sit there.
Richardson: Well, what else could you do?
Michael Corben: Nothin'. I was just mindin' my own business, honest.
Richardson: You're lucky to be alive. You know, if this was Spain, with their security, they'd have killed you for sure.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Michael J. Fox/Black Crowes (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

MAYBE THIS TIME
Written by Rich Nevens, Dave Christenson and Brian Reigh
Performed by The Stabilizers
Produced by Denny Diante
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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A Pleasant Surprise
15 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

"If Looks Could Kill" deserved to do better at the boxoffice. This is another instance of a studio throwing away a perfectly good film by giving it ZERO promotion. This spy spoof, while not a masterpiece, is fast-paced, light and consistently amusing. Perfect non-think entertainment. Richard Grieco is hip and quite likable in his role as Michael Corben, who is prevented from graduating from high school due to a flunking grade in french class. He wrangles his way onto a trip to France with another class and, through hilariously convoluted circumstances, gets mixed up in an espionage plot and mistaken for a master spy. He soon finds himself somewhat enjoying the masquerade but as the plot thickens, has to rely on his wits and ingenuity to keep himself alive and catch the bad guys.

The gags and one-liners spoofing James Bond and other spies come fast and furious, thanks to a clever script by Fred Dekker and Darren Star and fleet-footed direction by William Dear.

Had this movie been released in the Summer instead of the dead of Winter, it probably would have done better. Do yourself a favor and catch it on video now. You'll probably be pleasantly surprised.


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