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Johnny Be Good (1988)

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Johnny Walker (Anthony Michael Hall) is a hot-shot high-school quarterback who receives intoxicating offers from spirited college recruiters in this adolescent teen comedy. Bathroom humor and sight gags are strung together in a story involving booze, broads, and other benefits for the coveted quarterback. Robert Downey Jr., Uma Thurman, and Paul Gleason co-star. Even cameos from Jim McMahon and Howard Cosell can't save this feature from itself, though it isn't the fault of the cast. Originally

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Aug 5, 2003

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Two of the screenwriters, Steve Zacharias and Jeff Buhai, also wrote Revenge of the Nerds, so it's not surprising that they're more interested in tame teen-age fantasies than in social satire.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The people who made this movie should be ashamed of themselves.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (2)
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If Chuck Berry were dead, he'd be spinning in his grave.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Johnny be worthless.

February 27, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Reflects the mentality of great swaths of artless, ignorant slobs.

August 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
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It's not funny, it tells a surface story and nothing more, and there's no sense of effort to correct any of these deficiencies.

August 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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It's bad, even by 80's standards.

July 30, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Johnny Be Good

It's movies like this that give 80s teen flicks a bad reputation. The actors are good, but the dialogue and story are stupid and pointless. I hated this movie.
February 13, 2011
ajv2688

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It's a slightly more sexed up and extreme version of the John Hughes formula, but in a good way. Anthony Michael Hall plays a great jock after being stereotyped as a shy nerd in most roles. RDJ also throws in a knockout as his kooky best friend. I liked the story because it had a real life feel to it and there were real consequences to everyone's actions. When it does get over the top, it's absolutely hilarious and a purely 80s experience.
January 26, 2011
ythelastman89

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I always like Anthony Michael Hall in the 80's and this being one of hes lead role in playing not a nerd(like in the breakfast club or weird science) its pretty different for him at the time.And one of hes last movies till he disappeared until hes come back years later in the tv series The Dead Zone.The movie itself is ok and typical of the times there are some funny moments but not enough and Hall is ok but not really that fun to watch.Its Robert Downey Jr in a early role who stands out and the late and great Paul Gleason knocks a few laughs. And there's a very early role from Uma Thurman who lets just say that her acting gets better through the years.
June 20, 2010
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