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Film / Loverboy (1989)

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Loverboy is a 1989 Romantic Comedy directed by Joan Micklin starring a young Patrick Dempsey in one of his first major roles.

Randy is in a dire situation: he broke up with his girlfriend Jenny, he flunked school much to his father's disappointment, and he now works as a pizza clerk in order to pay his college tuition. However, he happens to meet an older woman who is enamored by his looks and doesn't mind spending the night with him. Quickly, Randy becomes the love interest of many married older women who call for him by ordering a pizza delivery with extra anchovies. There are monetary benefits to this, but Randy might get himself into bigger trouble...

Unrelated to the Australian short film from the same year starring Noah Taylor or the 2005 American drama.

This film contains examples of:

  • Animated Credits Opening: The opening sequence showcases an animated sombrero-wearing car (Randy's pizza delivery car) falling in love with a pink one.
  • Bathroom Break-Out: When Randy escapes from a motel after he notices his last client is her mother.
  • Burger Fool: Randy as an employee for Señor Pizza who is sometimes taunted by Jory.
  • Delinquent Hair: Randy sports a yellow-tainted spiky hairstyle before suddenly losing it when he works at Señor Pizza.
  • Determinator: Tony after he met Randy's mother and persists on romancing her, despite her refusal.
  • Extreme Doormat: Randy, who can't talk to his parents about Jenny or decline the advances of an older woman.
  • Ethnic Menial Labor: A hispanic maid works for the bodybuilder (she doesn't giving valuables when a break-in happens).
  • Forced Kiss: Randy does one to Kyoko during their first meeting. She interrupts him by saying it's her husband's way.
  • Gratuitous Italian: Tony and his occasional spoken italian (usually for a romantic effect)
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Juan, an employee of Señor Pizza, only speaks spanish.
  • High-Dive Escape: Randy escapes from a motel by breaking out of a bathroom window and landing on an inflated buoy.
  • Latin Lover: Tony, who brags about seducing many American women.
  • Mad Doctor: Subverted with Dr. Palmer when Randy has a nightmare involving cheated husbands who get a revenge on him. This leads to a scene where the doctor is about to pierce Randy with an electric drill.
  • Magnificent Moustaches of Mexico: The employees of Señor Pizza have to wear a comically large moustache postiche, on top of wearing a small sombrero.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Constantly happens between Joe and Diane, the former being in situations involving adultery and saying the worst words in order to defend himself to the latter.
    Diane (on the phone): Who am I hearing?
    Joe (looking at two women in the street): Oh, it's just two hookers.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Randy's father, after reading a complimentary note signed by Alex(andra), believes his son is a "fruit" and falsely interprets some details as hints to a gay lifestyle.
    • Later on, it plays to Randy's advantage when the trio of cheated husbands almost give him a beating before one of them remembers he is a homo.
  • Mrs. Robinson: The many married women who are interested in Randy for a good time when their husbands aren't around (in some cases, sex isnt' involved and Randy is a confident or a shoulder to cry on).
  • Nightmare Sequence: Randy has one where he is beaten up by a cheated husband and is later about to be drilled by a doctor who is also one of the cheated husbands.
  • Open-Minded Parent: Randy's father wrongfully believes his son is gay. At the end of the film, he comes to terms with it and tells his son about how he supports him until Randy tells him he never was gay.
  • Out-of-Context Eavesdropping: Randy's mother hears his son talking to his girlfriend Jenny yet interprets Randy as being a gay man who wants to be proud.
  • Pop-Star Composer: Michel Colombier is actually known for his arrangement and producing work in the french music scene (having worked with Pop figures such as Michel Polnareff, Claude Nougaro and Serge Gainsbourg)
  • Protagonist Title: Randy, the (unfortunate) loverboy.
  • Slapstick: Some scenes involve this, especially if it involves Randy being in a hurry or trying to get away from a bad situation.
  • South of the Border: Señor Pizza would normally be an italian-looking establishment (since it sells pizzas). However, the employees have to wear large Zapata-like fake moustaches and wear small sombreros (heck, even the delivery car has its own sombrero), on top of the "Señor" note  in the pizza place's name.
  • Surprise Incest: Defied. Randy is on his way to the last delivery he needs to do before getting the amount of money he needs, only to see that the woman he's supposed to have sex with is her mother. He runs away without her mother noticing him.
  • Surprise Party: Happens at the beginning of the film in Randy's dormitory room, much to his unwillingness.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Tony.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: The Animated Credits Opening shows a pink car wearing eyelashes.
  • Theme Mobile: Señor Pizza's delivery car has a large sombrero on its roof.


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Loverboy '89 [Opening]

Loverboy(1989) - The animated opening to the '89 Loverboy movie about a delivery boy who does some gigs as a gigolo to fund his college tuition and, ironically, continue being with his girlfriend.

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