License to Drive

PLOT:

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.

What people are saying:

“…more-than-passable summer entertainment, especially when it identifies with the yearnings of its young heroes to get behind the wheel.” 3 1/2 stars

“Anyone old enough to have a license is probably much too old to be amused by License to Drive.” 2 stars

“How can you go wrong with this movie? It’s 80’s and it’s the Two Coreys, enough said. It’s not amazing, especially when compared to some of the beloved teen films of the decade, but License to Drive is good fun. I’ve always been a fan of the Feldman/Haim duo, and although this doesn’t match up with The Lost Boys, it’s another great collaboration. Throw in a young Heather Graham as the love interest and you’re all set. Yeah, this movie is definitely cheesy at times and not some ground-breaking comedy, but I’ve always got a kick out of it. It’s a fun premise with some classic moments that I always love revisiting. An entertaining 80’s flick!” 3 1/2 stars

“Another classic Coreys movie, License To Drive starts out dealing with a young man waiting to get his drivers license and the freedom that comes with it. Then all sorts of hilarity and craziness ensues. This movie moves along well with the characters getting involved in some pretty strange things, like when the old man takes their car. The acting here if ok with Haim and Feldman turning in their typical performances. A gorgeous young Heather Graham was the classic hot girl that dates the “loser” guy when she’s mad at her boyfriend and then ends up liking him. Lastly, the movie ends with a great closing line, “I’ve already got a Mercedes”, and the fantastic Billy Ocean song “Get Out Of My Dreams, Get Into My Car”.” 3 1/2 stars

“Classic 80’s teenage drama. The cheese factor is dialled up too high for my tastes. The DMV scene looked as if it was out of the dystopian 1984 world and was hilarious. The juxtaposition of Corey Haim’s driving test versus his sisters was great. The ridiculous diner scene that led into a military protest and then almost arrested and then car stolen by a drunk was the worst.” 2 1/2 stars

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