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License to Drive (1988)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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Les (Corey Haim) is embarrassed when he fails his driving test in this routine teen comedy. His buddies are depending on him to provide the wheels for the weekend, but Les is more interested in his Saturday date with Mercedes (Heather Graham). Les secretly steals his grandfather's immaculate 1972 Cadillac for the adventure. The dream date soon turns into a nightmare when Dean (Corey Feldman) bothers Les with camera flashes and cigar smoke, and his sloppy-drunk date dances on the hood of the car

PG-13,

Comedy

May 3, 2005

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Everything you've ever hated about American teenagers, their music, money, fashion sense, their values, and most of all their pin-ups, in one auto-destructive movie.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Anyone old enough to have a license is probably much too old to be amused by License to Drive.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Up until about the halfway mark of this movie, I was having a very good time. Then, somehow, it ran out of energy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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About all that's worth noting is that the Caddy gets demolished and that the stars remain intact (though practically everyone will wish that it were the other way around).

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Although the premise of getting or not getting a first driver's license is a solid-enough base for 90 minutes of teenage comedy, License To Drive misses the point on all counts.

August 6, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

...as a breezy, mindless little comedy, License to Drive undoubtedly fits the bill.

May 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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One of the best teen comedies ever made....an absolute blast!

May 6, 2005
Film Threat

It's got the two Coreys...need I say more?

July 30, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's the two Coreys at the height of their popularity; make sure your children avert their eyes... by gouging them out if necessary.

July 27, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I liked this movie. The Coreys were actually funny in this one.

July 26, 2002
Las Vegas Mercury

Audience Reviews for License to Drive

Some guys get all the brakes!

Good 80's classic movie! License to Drive is a movie about taking chances, though you can probably figure out from beginning to end how the movie is going to go. No less, it's good 80s fun. Les Anderson (Haim) has turned 16 and is desperate to get his driver's license. Over-confident, it is no surprise that he flunks the exam. But he figures no one would notice. So, he lies to his folks and friends about the whole thing, expecting everything will be smooth sailing until he can retake the exam.

'An innocent girl. A harmless drive. What could possibly go wrong?' For sixteen year old Les Anderson, plenty can go wrong when you have a night like his. He's an adolescent American with dreams of getting his hands on his first driver's license, so he can hit the town cruising with his friends Dean and Charles, but ultimately to impress the girl of his dreams, Mercedes Lane. Unfortunately for Les, his worst nightmare hits home hard when she fails his driving exam and his parents put him on probation for trying to hide the truth, so now his chances of being able to drive are squashed badly. However, Mercedes, who has just broken up with her old boyfriend who's a rich snob, is bored and wants to keep the date that she promised with Les and the youngster's heart skips a beat when she calls him up asking to go out for a night on the town. Les knows he's risking big-time punishment, but he decides that if he's gonna go down, he may as well have some fun with the girl of his dreams. When he takes his grandfather's prized Cadillac on his date with Mercedes, hilarity ensues with him, his friends Dean and Charles and his drunken date as they do all they can to get the Caddy home in one piece as comical disaster roars down the fast lane.
July 18, 2012
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Manu Gino

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If you love the two Coreys, you'll enjoy this movie. It's a fun and exciting little teen comedy. It's very funny and entertaining, and the supporting cast is great, I really liked it.
February 28, 2011
ajv2688

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I like the 80's, boy do I hehe but this is really kinda lame even for that. There's no real point to it really, simply a Corey vehicle with very basic plot, effects and acting. A few nice spots but nothing to shout about, Heather Graham is very cute :)
February 22, 2009
phubbs1

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Only the Coreys could transend time and space by cramming a 2 day adventure into half a night.
January 13, 2009
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