License to Drive
|License to Drive|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Greg Beeman|
|Produced by||John Davis
Jeffrey A. Mueller
|Written by||Neil Tolkin|
|Music by||Jay Ferguson|
|Editing by||Wendy Green Bricmont
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Running time||88 minutes|
|Box office||$22,433,275 (US)|
License to Drive is a 1988 teen adventure film starring Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Heather Graham, Carol Kane, Richard Masur, Michael Manasseri and Nina Siemaszko. The film was written by Neil Tolkin and directed by Greg Beeman.
The film was in production during the later months of 1987. It was released on July 6, 1988 in the United States and grossed over $20 million at the North American box office. It was distributed by 20th Century Fox.
The film is about Les Anderson (Haim), a 16-year-old who is trying to get his driver's license. He has a crush on one of the more popular and attractive girls in school, Mercedes Lane (Graham).
After failing his driver's exam, Les takes the road test (and passes), following a computer surge that he inadvertently caused. The Department of Motor Vehicles originally let him pass the exam (as his failing score was irretrievable after the computer surge) because his twin sister had scored so highly; they decided that twins could not be too different. But when his test scores are finally retrieved, his new license is torn up and he is officially failed. Les lies to his parents and friends, convincing them that he has passed the test. Unfortunately, his parents find out the truth and as a result, Les is grounded. That night, having already made plans to use his new license, he sneaks out of the house with his grandfather's prized 1972 Cadillac for a night on the town with Mercedes. After showing him how the city looks from far away on a hill, she tells him that her father used to bring her there. While Mercedes is getting drunk, she and Les cause minor damage to the hood of the car by dancing on it. Mercedes then passes out.
Les panics and goes to his best friend Dean's house, where Dean (Feldman) fixes the dents in the car's hood. Dean persuades Les to go out for a joyride, along with their friend Charles (Manasseri), who are both still unaware that Les does not have a license. The three, along with a blacked out Mercedes (who they eventually put in the trunk of the car), end up getting into all kinds of trouble and hilarity ensues as they cause more damage to the Cadillac.
Of course, the next day, Les does get in trouble with his father after coming back home (after dropping Charles, Dean and Mercedes off at their homes) with a Cadillac that is damaged beyond minor repair. Then his mother, late in the night, wakes up her husband and shouts that she is in labor. Luckily, Les is able to drive his father, little brother Rudy and his mom to the hospital – in reverse, because the Cadillac is so badly damaged it can no longer be put into drive. After they get there and Les' mother is taken into the hospital, a crane fails and a falling girder crushes the Cadillac, much to the shock of Les and his father. The family prepares to explain the state of the Cadillac to Les' grandfather on his return, expecting the worst, but Les' grandfather laughs it off when he jokingly reveals that he has severely damaged Les' father's BMW in an accident.
Les' father tells Les that the BMW is all his now, and, laughing, tells him to take good care of it. However, Les has changed his mind about getting a BMW, saying he does not need it anymore. Mercedes soon pulls up in a Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet, while Les says "I already have a Mercedes" and then runs over and hops into it. Les then drives off with Mercedes, and the credits roll.
- Corey Haim as Les Anderson
- Corey Feldman as Dean
- Carol Kane as Mrs. Anderson
- Richard Masur as Mr. Anderson
- Heather Graham as Mercedes Lane
- Michael Manasseri as Charles
- Parley Baer as Grandpa
- Harvey Miller as The Professor
- Michael A. Nickles as Paolo
- Nina Siemaszko as Natalie Anderson
- James Avery as Les' DMV Examiner
- Grant Goodeve as Natalie's DMV Examiner
- Grant Heslov as Karl
- Michael Ensign as School Teacher / Bus Driver
- Helen Hanft as Miss Hellberg
- Christopher Burton as Rudy
- Nanci Meek-Kusley as Shakey's Waitress
License to Drive grossed $22,433,275 in North America.
Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert gave the film two and a half out of four stars and described the film as "more-than-passable summer entertainment, especially when it identifies with the yearnings of its young heroes to get behind the wheel." He said the first half of the film was "very funny" but the second half was "much more predictable".
Box Office 
The movie was a box office success.
Track listing 
- "Drive My Car" by Breakfast Club – 3:13
- "Sweet Surrender" by Brenda K. Starr – 4:50
- "I Feel Free (Extended Version)" by Belinda Carlisle – 6:55
- "Time Starts Now" by Boys Club – 4:28
- "Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car" by Billy Ocean – 5:29
- "Crucial" by New Edition – 4:30
- "One More Dance" by Jonathan Butler – 4:32
- "Jazzy's In The House" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince – 2:55
- "Touch and Go" by Femme Fatale – 3:57
- "Make Some Noise" by Slave Raider – 3:28
- "Mercedes Boy" by Pebbles – 3:54 (single remix)
Home media 
A special edition DVD was distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment in the United States on May 3, 2005. Special features included interviews with Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, audio commentary with Greg Beeman and Neil Tolkin, deleted scenes, TV spots, theatrical trailers, and the film's screenplay (DVD-ROM).
On January 17, 2012, Anchor Bay released the film on Blu-ray.
Sequel and trilogy 
In an interview on Larry King Live, on March 10, 2010, the day of Corey Haim's death, Corey Feldman revealed that he and Haim had been developing a sequel, titled License to Fly, an idea initiated by Haim. Feldman also stated that there were tentative plans for a trilogy, with a third installment called License to Dive.
See also 
- "License to Drive (1988)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
- Ebert, Roger (July 6, 1988). "License To Drive review". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on March 3, 2011. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
- Wigler, Josh (March 10, 2010). "Corey Feldman Tells Larry King About Corey Haim's Final Days". MTV News (MTV). Archived from the original on March 3, 2011. Retrieved March 3, 2011.