April 28th, 1989



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Randy Bodek works as a pizza delivery boy at Senor Pizza to make a few extra bucks. Some customers are special...

Release Year: 1989

Rating: 5.5/10 (3,045 voted)

Director: Joan Micklin Silver

Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Kate Jackson, Robert Ginty

Randy Bodek works as a pizza delivery boy at Senor Pizza to make a few extra bucks. Some customers are special, though: When the order is for a pizza with extra anchovies, it means the female customers are looking for some loving. "Loverboy's" reputation soon makes him very popular, but when Mom Bodek suddenly feels like some extra anchovies, things are looking grim for young Randy.

Writers: Robin Schiff, Robin Schiff

Patrick Dempsey - Randy Bodek
Kate Jackson - Diane Bodek
Robert Ginty - Joe Bodek
Nancy Valen - Jenny Gordon
Dylan Walsh - Jory Talbot (as Charles Hunter Walsh)
Barbara Carrera - Alex Barnett
Bernie Coulson - Sal
Ray Girardin - Henry
Rob Camilletti - Tony (as Robert Camilletti)
Vic Tayback - Harry Bruckner
Kim Miyori - Kyoko Bruckner
Robert Picardo - Dr. Reed Palmer
Kirstie Alley - Dr. Joyce Palmer
Peter Koch - Claude Delancy
Carrie Fisher - Monica Delancy

Taglines: ...he delivers.

Release Date: 28 April 1989

Filming Locations: Beverly Hills, California, USA

Gross: $3,960,327 (USA)

Technical Specs


Continuity: Sal takes the order for Mrs Bodeck before she checks into the motel. They would not know where to deliver it because she had not checked in yet.

[Joe reads a note dropped by Randy that accompanied a new fashionable jacket delivered by Tony]
Joe Bodek: "Dear, Randy. Of course I'd prefer you naked, but if you MUST wear something it should be the best. Love, Alex." Diane!
Diane Bodek: Yeah!
Joe Bodek: Diane, our son... is a fruit.

User Review

The love doctor of Beverly Hills.

Rating: 6/10

This was one of three romance comedies (along with In The Mood and Can't Buy Me Love) that Patrick Dempsey starred in around '87 and '88 about a young guy who knows who he wants to be with, he just can't seem to figure it out at first.

Loverboy, actually, is a plot very similar to In The Mood because it deals with a young man "wooing" older women and eventually, they teach him something about love that he will help appreciate a young girlfriend, when he finds one.

Loverboy concerns the story of hot shot Randy Bodek (Dempsey). Things aren't going well. His girlfriend, Jenny (Nancy Valen), thinks he's ashamed of her because he won't tell his parents that he's living with her. But Randy doesn't want to bring up live-in girlfriends to his folks yet because they're about to be baffled by a near flunking report card. So needless to say, Randy is on the brink with both his girlfriend and his parents. His dad refuses to pay Randy's tuition for the next semester, so, as Randy says, "I'm going to start me real life, how hard can that be?" But Randy is in for a rude awakening.

What started out as a pizza delivery job at Senor Pizza turns into Randy's goal to earn enough cash to get back into school and patch things up with Jenny. Things aren't so simple once Randy meets Alex Barnett (Barbara Carerra) an elegant, but mysterious woman who Randy spends some time with. Randy Bodek suddenly becomes "the love doctor of Beverly Hills" (according to his goofy friend, Sal) because now he is being personally called on to deliver anchovi pizzas (the codeword) to the rich, lonely housewives. It seems quite shallow, but Randy's agenda hardly ever includes sleeping with the women. They just want a guy to spend time with them and get some affection from when their work-a-holic or cheating husbands have neglected them. Randy gets an unusual education in, pardon the cliche, what women want.

It's a pretty funny movie because Randy has to hide his new reputation from his parents and nearly everyone else, so it leads to some hastily investigated conclusions as to what Randy might be up to. Plus, Randy, a pretty wimpy looking guy, must also hide from eager husbands looking to put the kid out of business, just as soon as they can figure out what it is that is making their wives all of sudden cheerful.

It's good stuff, lazy Saturday afternoon type comedy with a good cast--Patrick Dempsey, Barbara Carerra, E.G. Daily, Kirstie Alley, Carie Fisher, and my favorite Bernie Coulson (he plays Sal). It is a funny movie about one guy's strange attempt to show his girlfriend that he cares about her. But in all honesty, I would recommend watching 'In the Mood' first, as that is the better of these two similar stories.


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