License to Drive

July 6th, 1988


License to Drive

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A teen decides to go for a night on the town with his friends despite flunking his driver's test.

Release Year: 1988

Rating: 5.8/10 (7,058 voted)

Director: Greg Beeman

Stars: Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Carol Kane

Les doesn't have a driving license yet, but to impress his gorgeous date Mercedes he borrows his grandpa's Cadillac for a night out... and has to witness the poor car going through more and more intense maltreatments.

Corey Haim - Les Anderson
Corey Feldman - Dean
Carol Kane - Mrs. Anderson
Richard Masur - Mr. Anderson
Heather Graham - Mercedes Lane
Michael Manasseri - Charles
Harvey Miller - The Professor
Michael A. Nickles - Paolo
Nina Siemaszko - Natalie Anderson
Grant Goodeve - Natalie's DMV Examiner
James Avery - Les' DMV Examiner
Grant Heslov - Karl
Michael Ensign - School Teacher / Bus Driver
Helen Hanft - Miss Hellberg
Christopher Burton - Rudy

Taglines: Some guys get all the brakes!

Release Date: 6 July 1988

Filming Locations: 485 Loring Ave, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $22,433,275 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

"Archie's Atomic Drive-In" was a former Johnie's Broiler at 7447 Firestone Blvd. in Downey, CA.

Continuity: The dent in the drivers door of the '69 GTO disappears in the full-side view of the car before it's crashed into the Chevy Impala.

Mr. Anderson: We had a college fund set aside for you! That's gone now! You had free room and board, two trusting parents and a social life. All gone! You had a Tv, a stereo, baseball, tennis racket, a skateboard, a bicycle - All gone! you even had sunlight and a window in your room!

User Review

An innocent girl. A harmless drive. What could possibly go wrong?

Rating: 6/10

Feast your eyes one of the last films that both Corey's will appear in that are of any merit for the rest of their brief careers. And this can be considered something of merit, despite the nature of the film, since they were only teen stars.

License to Drive is a movie about taking chances, though you can probably figure out from beginning to end how the movie is going to go. No less, it's good 80s fun. Les Anderson (Haim) has turned 16 and is desperate to get his driver's license. Over-confident, it is no surprise that he flunks the exam. But he figures no one would notice. So, he lies to his folks and friends about the whole thing, expecting everything will be smooth sailing until he can retake the exam.

But Les is wrong once again when his parents learned that he lied, serving up a harsh two week grounded term. But Les doens't know when to quit while he's ahead, and decides he's not going to let this little matter inconvenience him. After all, he has a Friday night date with his dream girl Mercedes Lane (Heather Graham). Hence the line, "an innocent girl, a harmless drive, what could possibly go wrong?" Everything. It all has to do with Les borrowing his grandfather's antique (and very off limits) Caddillac, a drunk date, and two friends looking for their newly licensed friend to show them a wild night. Sure it's predictable, but it's just a simple 80s comedy.


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