She's Out of Control (1989)



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Director Stan Dragoti, whose forte is plumbing the depths of the male psyche, plumbs those depths once again in She's Out of Control. Tony Danza stars as Doug Simpson, a broadcasting executive who has trouble adjusting to the fact that his fifteen-year-old daughter Katie (Ami Dolenz) is blossoming into a sexual being. This realization kicks in after his fiancee Janet (Catherine Hicks) takes Katie for a makeover; suddenly she appears before Doug looking like a sultry super model. Now Doug is unable to look at his daughter as anything other than as a sexy chick, and he spends his time fending off packs of horny suitors while dictating morality to Katie. It finally gets to the point where Doug consults with television psychiatrist Dr. Fishbinder (Wallace Shawn), who recommends that Doug read a book he has written for single fathers, advising him, "If you're a slow reader, you better put your daughter on the pill."
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Tony Danza
as Doug Simpson
Catherine Hicks
as Janet Pearson
Matthew Perry
as Timothy
Wallace Shawn
as Dr. Fishbinder
Todd Bridges
as Water Man
Dustin Diamond
as Kid on the Beach
Marcie Barkin
as Doug's Secretary
Dick O'Neill
as Mr. Pearson
Michael Bower
as Kid at Beach
Ami Dolenz
as Katie Simpson
Kate Murtagh
as Chaperone
Bess Meyer
as Cheryl
Kerry Brennan
as Dancer
Suzy Cote
as Dancer
Gary Schwartz
as Optometrist
Laura Mooney
as Bonnie Simpson
Laura Summer
as Receptionist
Robbie Rist
as Corvette Kid's Friend
Peter Linari
as Security Guard
Scott Morris
as Corvette Kid
Ria Pavia
as Robin
Matt McKenzie
as Airport Security Officer
Marc Gilpin
as Parking Attendant
Michael Alaimo
as Baggage Handler
Scooter Stevens
as Bonnie's Date
Mina Kolb
as Mrs. Pearson
Eric Walker
as Volleyball Player
Rusdi Lane
as Doctor
Terry Wills
as Flight Captain
Susan Isaacs
as Receptionist
Jim Raposa
as Dancer
Jan Bina
as Harpist
Michael Shepard
as Dr. Feldman
Robert Casper
as Maitre'd
Kevin O'Keefe
as Beach Boy
Mitch Braiman
as Joey's Friend
John Hendrickson
as Beach Boy
Kenneth Hoyt
as Disheveled Kid
Tony Max
as Patient
Jeff Maynard
as Boy Friend
Ron Pace
as Security Officer
Brad Tanner
as Boy Friend No. 2
Joshua Waggoner
as 12-Year-Old Kid
Thomas R. Zak
as Lifeguard
Ria Pavla
as Robin
Jim Ladd
as Voice of KHEY-FM 97.5
Todd Jenkins
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for She's Out of Control

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7)

The script is another one of those high-concept specials that sound like they were midwifed by an agent.

Full Review… | April 23, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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Essentially a feature-length sitcom, She's Out of Control specializes not in psychology but in snappy patter.

Full Review… | April 23, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Despite some funny scenes, the sitcomish treatment of a father's anxiety over his teenage daughter's budding sexuality is mostly shallow and uneven.

Full Review… | August 6, 2007
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Dragoti's dire, dishonest, seldom humorous social comedy has all the nauseating hallmarks of a big-budget sitcom.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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It is an extended version of familiar, bland sitcom situations.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
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It's an irksome, one-dimensional sitcom with smut.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for She's Out of Control


8/22/2015: Not near as good as I remembered. My judgement must have Benin clouded due to a huge crush on Dolenz!

Russ Bast
Russ Bast

First of all, this movie starts out too slow, and with awkward editing. But, later it catches up nicely and is enjoyable to watch. Shawn's character's interacting with Danza's is especially entertaining. This was really funny, but also a really heartwarming film. It's pretty good.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

I don't care what serious film critics say (or indeed, said) about this film, it's awesome. Seriously, it's one of my all-time favourite films. I grew up with this film in my home, orginally on VHS and now as an adult I own it DVD. Not many people know this film, but, in my opinion they should. It's not a serious film, by any means, but serious doesn't always mean good. If you want a nice, thoroughly entertaining movie, then watch this. It's suitable for the whole family (especially by today's standards) and it's always a joy to watch.

Christina Crites
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