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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
Ami Dolenz
as Katie Simpson
Catherine Hicks
as Janet Pearson
Wallace Shawn
as Dr. Fishbinder
Dick O'Neill
as Mr. Pearson
Laura Mooney
as Bonnie Simpson
Matthew Perry
as Timothy
Michael Alaimo
as Baggage Handler
Marcie Barkin
as Doug's Secretary
Jan Bina
as Harpist
Michael Bower
as Kid at Beach
Mitch Braiman
as Joey's Friend
Todd Bridges
as Water Man
Robert Casper
as Maitre'd
Dustin Diamond
as Kid on the Beach
Marc Gilpin
as Parking Attendant
John Hendrickson
as Beach Boy
Kenneth Hoyt
as Disheveled Kid
Susan Isaacs
as Receptionist
Mina Kolb
as Mrs. Pearson
Rusdi Lane
as Doctor
Peter Linari
as Security Guard
Tony Max
as Patient
Jeff Maynard
as Boy Friend
Bess Meyer
as Cheryl
Scott Morris
as Corvette Kid
Kate Murtagh
as Chaperone
Matt McKenzie
as Airport Security Officer
Kevin O'Keefe
as Beach Boy
Ron Pace
as Security Officer
Ria Pavla
as Robin
Robbie Rist
as Corvette Kid's Friend
Ria Pavia
as Robin
Gary Schwartz
as Optometrist
Michael Shepard
as Dr. Feldman
Scooter Stevens
as Bonnie's Date
Laura Summer
as Receptionist
Brad Tanner
as Boy Friend No. 2
Joshua Waggoner
as 12-Year-Old Kid
Terry Wills
as Flight Captain
Thomas R. Zak
as Lifeguard
Eric Walker
as Volleyball Player
Jim Ladd
as Voice of KHEY-FM 97.5
Kerry Brennan
as Dancer
Suzy Cote
as Dancer
Todd Jenkins
as Dancer
Jim Raposa
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 24, 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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She's Out of Control is simultaneously so bizarre and so banal that it's a first: the first movie fabricated entirely from sitcom cliches and plastic lifestyles, without reference to any known plane of reality.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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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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