License to Drive

1988

License to Drive

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17%

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61%

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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 with high heels. The car is towed when he parks illegally, and later the teens are chased by revved-up motorheads who challenge him to a race. Carol Kane and Richard Masur play Les' parents. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

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Cast

Corey Haim
as Les Anderson
Carol Kane
as Mrs. Anderson
Richard Masur
as Mr. Anderson
Harvey Miller
as Professor
Helen Hanft
as Miss Heilberg
James Avery
as DMV Examiner
Nina Siemaszko
as Natalie Anderson
Grant Goodeve
as Natalie's DMV Examiner
Michael Ensign
as School Teacher / Bus Driver
Parley Baer
as Grandpa Anderson
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Critic Reviews for License to Drive

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (15)

  • 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.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Anyone old enough to have a license is probably much too old to be amused by License to Drive.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5
  • 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).

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • Up until about the halfway mark of this movie, I was having a very good time. Then, somehow, it ran out of energy.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Dated '80s teen comedy has car crashes, drinking, cursing.

    Jan 24, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 6, 2007 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for License to Drive

  • Mar 24, 2017
    I've always been of the opinion that 80s movies, even if they might not even be good, possess a certain kind of nostalgic charm that, realistically speaking, is unique to that era. From the cheeseball music, to the fashion, to the teen idols. All of this certainly helps make the films from this era a lot easier to watch even if they may not be that good to begin with. I'm not saying that the 80s didn't have its great films, because they did, but a lot of the mainstream fare at the time was a little more casually driven and not necessarily concerned about quality. And, again, I'm not casting a wide net on the entire decade, there were some quality movies that came out during the 80s. Breakfast Club, Back to the Future, Nightmare on Elm Street, Ghostbusters, The Burbs and Angel Heart immediately come to mind. There are many more, but I can't keep going on with examples or else this review would never be done before I have dinner later tonight. But, since we're talking about quality, let's move on to this movie. Let's just be straight up here, this isn't a particularly good movie if you look at things objectively. This is a movie that, to me, at the time, was made simply to cash in on the fact that Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, known as the Two Coreys creatively enough, were major teen idols at the time. I wasn't a teen girl from the 80s, I was born the year this movie came out, but I don't understand the whole finding Corey Feldman attractive thing. Maybe Haim was too much of a pretty boy and some of them liked Feldman's bad boy thing, but I still don't get it. I'm a straight man, but I can sort of see how millions of girls were crushing on Haim at the time. Why the fuck am I even talking about this? As it stands, this movie didn't really do much for me. The first half of it is, honestly, kinda boring and not particularly funny. Things do pick up after Les fails the test and he takes his grandfather's car, without permission, to go on this date with the girl of his dreams. Naturally speaking, given that Les wasn't even supposed to be out driving, especially not his grandpa's car, everything goes absolutely wrong. Murphy's law is in full effect here. Whatever you can think of that could go wrong, when you're taking a car you shouldn't take, will go wrong. I will say that, after Les' date passes out drunk and he hangs out with his buddies, the film has a certain manic energy as they keep getting into absurd hi-jinks. But that's all the movie is, a collection of skits without a real narrative thread holding it together. And there wouldn't be much of a problem if I found the skits to be any good, but they're really not particularly interesting or entertaining. But you take that into consideration with the fact that there's no story and the movie just falls apart. Maybe that's a bit harsh to say, it doesn't necessarily fall apart, but the flaws are fare more apparent. The acting is perfectly decent all things considered, but the Coreys weren't exactly known as thespians of the highest quality. Though, realistically speaking, movies like this don't require high-quality acting. The film has its moments, mostly in the second half, but the lack of consistent comedy, its slapstick-y elements and no narrative keep this movie from being just OK at best. Maybe I'm being considerate due to its nostalgic charm but, while the movie wasn't good, it was at least watchable. You're not gonna get absolutely anything from it, but it won't make you pull your hair out. I still can't give this a recommendation though. Watch if you must, but The Lost Boys is still the peak of Corey Haim and Corey Feldman's collaborations.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Nov 12, 2010
    Young Les Anderson (Corey Haim RIP) pairs up with best buddy Dean (Corey Feldman) in this jolly teen comedy where Les plays a boy who longs for the day when he can get his driver's license and attend parties with his friends without his parents having to drive him there. But then disaster strikes when he fails his driving test and has to pretend that he passed in order to take the girl of his dreams Mercedes Lane (Heather Graham) out on a date. The date turns into a nightmare as Les in his granddad's most prized possession , a Cadillac - along with Feldman and company get more than they bargain for when everything that can go wrong does.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Mar 10, 2010
    One of my truly favorites of Corey Haim and Corey Feldman during High school years. The character of Les Anderson played by Corey Haim will always be remembered for his funny, cute and hilarious character. RIP Corey!
    Donna D Super Reviewer

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