Johnny Be Good (1988)




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Anthony Michael Hall stars as Johnny Walker, a much sought-after high school football star whom every collegiate program wants for their own.
R (adult situations/language, nudity)
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In Theaters:
Orion Home Video

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Robert Downey Jr.
as Leo Wiggins
Uma Thurman
as Georgia Elkans
Jennifer Tilly
as Connie Hisler
Seymour Cassel
as Wallace Gibson
Anthony Michael Hall
as Johnny Walker
Robert Downey Sr.
as NCAA Investigator
John Hawkes
as Pizza Boy
Steve James
as Coach Sanders
Paul Gleason
as Wayne Hisler
Michael Alldredge
as Vinny Kroll
Marshall Bell
as Chief Elkans
John Cunningham
as Substitute
Michael Colyar
as Recruiter Mike
Tim Rossovich
as Gas Attendant
Deborah May
as Mrs. Walker
Michael Greene
as Tex Wade
Doris Hargrave
as Woman at Piermont
Lee Ritchey
as Recruiter Lee
Jon Stafford
as Bad Breath
Tony Frank
as Joe Bob
Howard Cosell
as Himself
Dennis Letts
as Army General
Peter Koch
as Pete Andropolous
Larry Wolf
as Recruiter Larry
Van Dykes
as Hari Krishna
Holly Harrington
as Cheerleader #2
Jim McMahon
as Himself
Pete Koch
as Pete Andropolous
Adam Faraizl
as Randy Walker
George Hall
as Grandpa Walker
David Denney
as Benny Figg
John Stafford
as Bad Breath
Harvey Christiansen
as Bait Shop Owner
Jack Gould
as Priest
Ted Dawson
as TV Reporter
Harlan Jordan
as Exterminator
Michael Petty
as Hari Krishna
Coquina Dunn
as Sorority Girl
Lucianne Buchanan
as Lawanda Wade
Megan Morris
as Raylene Walker
Linwood Phillip Walker
as Recruiter Linwood
Catherine Alexander
as Waitress at BBQ
Scott Bate
as Pizza Boy
Karen Cecka
as Girl at Motel
John de Luna
as Jose Popupu
Chris Dunn
as Flick Weaver
Traci Ann Dutton
as Girl at Motel
Gary G. DeLaune
as Local TV Reporter
Jamie Goss
as Stripper
Thethia Hanson
as Tupperware Lady
Gary Hartwell
as Mael Stripper
Hayley Ladner
as Joanie Dorfman
Deanna Maddox
as Sorority Girl
Ann Matush
as Stripper
Clara Paul
as Tupperware Lady
Philisha Sanders
as Cheerleader #3
Denise Thorson
as Eunice Elkans
Craig Tonelson
as Pete Provolone
Donna Willson
as Stripper
John DeLuna
as Jose Popupu
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Critic Reviews for Johnny Be Good

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

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
New York Times
Top Critic

The people who made this movie should be ashamed of themselves.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

If Chuck Berry were dead, he'd be spinning in his grave.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Johnny be worthless.

Full Review… | February 27, 2008
TV Guide

Reflects the mentality of great swaths of artless, ignorant slobs.

Full Review… | August 7, 2007
Film Freak Central

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
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Johnny Be Good

Wacky, Wild, and a HILLARIOUS made movie!!! (:

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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