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Film / License to Drive

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A 1988 American teen comedy directed by Greg Beeman that has a teen (Corey Haim) trying to have a great date night with a beautiful girl (Heather Graham), despite failing his driver's test and having a night at the town.

The movie also stars Corey Feldman, Carol Kane, Richard Masur, Parley Baer, Nina Siemaszko, James Avery, and Grant Goodeve.

It was released on July 6, 1988.

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  • Driving Test: Les has to get his driver's license in order to date Mercedes. Hilarity Ensues.
  • The Precious, Precious Car: The car is Les' grandfather's 1972 Cadillac Sedan De Ville, which he left behind while he was going out for the weekend with the family's BMW. The simple plan was for Les to just take his girlfriend Mercedes out for a ride, a couple hours long. By the end of the film, the Cadillac has been completely wrecked in a demolition-derby ride through Los Angeles, up to and including being stolen by a drunken hobo (who pukes inside of the car) and driving in reverse to the hospital by Les to help his mother deliver a baby (and the car then gets flattened by a falling girder). Grandpa didn't have any better luck himself, either, and he hands the keys to the BMW and the towed remains of the car in the epilogue.
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  • Watch the Paint Job: Les borrows his grandfather's prized 1972 Cadillac without permission, and during the course of a very wild night, it sustains major damage. Inverted when the grandfather laughs off the damage because he had also destroyed the BMW he had borrowed for Les' father.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: The central part of the movie, not only is the exact phrase used, not only is it used by Les, not only is the moment he says it featured prominently in the movie's trailer...but he addresses the question directly to the audience! Of course, as it turns out, the answer is practically everything that could.

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