License to Drive (1988)


Struggling high schooler Les (Corey Haim) is convinced that his life will turn around once he gets his driver license.  The problem is that he is a shitty driver and can’t pass his driver’s test.  That isn’t going to stop him and his friend Dean (Corey Feldman) from having an awesome Saturday night, when Les has the potential to get with his dream girl Mercedes Lane (Heather Graham). He needs a car to get to the local hot spot where everyone hangs out with their stylish rides, despite not having a car of his own. But you know who does? His grandpa and it’s a sweet old Cadillac that is just begging to be driven.  Wouldn’t it be a shame to just have it stay in the garage all night?

Les does the responsible things and commits grand theft auto by stealing his grandpa’s car , and ditches his friends for a date with Mercedes.  They go to a club and she ends up getting ripped while the first of many mishaps involving the car ensues: it gets towed.  Haven given the tow truck driver all of his money, they need to find something free to do. Luckily Mercedes knows a quite spot where they can park and engage in some heavy-petting. Score! Before he can get his hands on a very drunk Roller Girl’s goodies, she passes out.

Les picks up Dean and they decide to go to their hot spot Mecca, a place called Archie’s; but can’t do it with a drunken girl in the backseat, so they put her in the trunk like she was a case of pop. Drunk people are alright in tight enclosed spaces without any hope of escape, right? From there it’s a struggle to get the car home in one piece and it gets beat on more than a drum kit.  Les is sure to catch a beating, but will it all be worth it?

Alex’s Thoughts: Ah, this used to be one of my favorites back in the day. Mostly because Mercedes Lane was one of my first crushes next to Elizabeth Shue in Adventures in Babysitting.  It isn’t as funny as I remember, and really the only funny parts are when Corey Feldman is on-screen, but it is still a fun movie.  Les’ parents are pretty great as well, I don’t want to leave them out. All in all, it is still a good movie and children of the 80’s will still enjoy it.  Alex Rates This Movie 8/10

Tim’s Thoughts: I guess this is a little dated, but it is a pleasant reminder of how funny 80’s teen comedies are. I like parts of this as a kid, mostly the driving test, and the drunk guy at the end, but watching this now after 20 years, I really had a good time, and liked it a lot. I think anyone in their 30’s or older probably have some memories of this, but I think it holds up pretty well for the new viewers too. It was good to revisit this, and I am glad I did, because my opinion of it improved drastically. Tim Rates This Movie 8/10

“Mr. Anderson… It’s punks like you that paramedics end up scraping off the road at four in the morning. For your sake, and the safety of others, I hope you fail your driving exam.”


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