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License to Drive (1988)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 6 July 1988 (USA)
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A teen decides to go for a night on the town with his friends despite flunking his driver's test.

Director:

Greg Beeman

Writer:

Neil Tolkin
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Corey Haim ... Les Anderson
Corey Feldman ... Dean
Carol Kane ... Mrs. Anderson
Richard Masur ... Mr. Anderson
Heather Graham ... Mercedes Lane
Michael Manasseri ... Charles
Harvey Miller Harvey Miller ... The Professor
Michael A. Nickles ... Paolo (as M.A. Nickles)
Nina Siemaszko ... Natalie Anderson
Grant Goodeve ... Natalie's DMV Examiner
James Avery ... Les' DMV Examiner
Grant Heslov ... Karl
Michael Ensign ... School Teacher / Bus Driver
Helen Hanft ... Miss Hellberg
Christopher Burton Christopher Burton ... Rudy
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Storyline

Les doesn't have a driving license yet, but to impress his gorgeous date Mercedes he borrows his grandpa's Cadillac for a night out... and has to witness the poor car going through more and more intense maltreatments. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Some guys get all the brakes!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

To Live and Drive in L.A. See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$22,433,275
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Nine Cadillacs were purchased for use in this movie. See more »

Goofs

When Les' father wants to drink a toast to him, he hands him a glass of bubbly champagne. In the next shot, the champagne is completely flat. See more »

Quotes

Les' DMV Examiner: Last name first, first name last!
Les: Uh... Anderson... Les Anderson.
Les' DMV Examiner: Buckle up, son, it's the real world out here!
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Alternate Versions

To receive a PG certificate, 7 seconds were cut from the original UK video version with the removal of the line "You mustn't fuck with the Department of Motor Vehicles." The line was reinstated for the 2012 UK DVD, which is rated 12. See more »

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Battle Hymn of the Republic
(uncredited)
Music by William Steffe
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Still Very Funny
27 October 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The sixteen year-old Les Anderson (Corey Haim) has a crush on his schoolmate Mercedes Lane (Heather Graham), but he is shy and she has a boyfriend, Paolo (M.A. Nickles), who has a fancy car. Les and his twin sister Natalie Anderson (Nina Siemaszko) are preparing to the driving test and while Natalie studies the questions, he does not pay attention to them. Les fails the test but is not brave enough to tell neither to his father Mr. Anderson (Richard Masur) nor to his pregnant mother Mrs. Anderson (Carol Kane) and his best friends Dean (Corey Feldman) and the clumsy Charles (Michael Manasseri). When Mercedes has an argument with Paolo, she invites Les to date her to make Paolo jealous. Meanwhile Les' parents discover that he has flunked his driver's test and they ground him. However, when Mercedes calls him asking if they are not going to date, Les sneaks away from his house and drives his grandfather's Cadillac that is parked in the garage to date Mercedes in the beginning of a nightmarish night of adventures.

"License to Drive" is a comedy from the 80's still very funny after almost thirty years. This is one of the best roles of Corey Haim in the top of his career immediately after the cult "Lost Boys" and "Lucas" and the debut of Heather Graham. The plot would be considered "politically incorrect" in the present days but fortunately it was not a problem in 1988. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Sem Licença para Dirigir" ("Without License to Drive")

Note: On 12 October 2018 I saw this film again.


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