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License to Drive

License to Drive
License to Drive
License to Drive
  • PG-13
  • 1h 30m
  • 1988
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Despite the fact that he failed his driver's test, a teenager "borrows" his grandfather's mint-condition Cadillac for a late-night dream date.
© 1988 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Despite a hard-working cast and a premise that will appeal to its teenage target demographic, this deeply silly comedy only has a License to Drive audiences to seek out better films.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Dated '80s teen comedy has car crashes, drinking, cursing.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the 1988 teen comedy License to Drive is a parade of successive bad decisions made by a 16-year-old who just failed his driver's license test. He drives without a license, sneaks out at night in Grandpa's car, places a sleeping drunk girl in the trunk, drives through barricades, gets the car towed and, finally, leaves it to be totaled. Grandpa understandably says "s--t" and "hell" when he sees what's left of his Caddy. Other profanity includes "f--k" and "bitch." A drunk adult driver steals the car and drinks while driving. A teenager gets drunk. While the drunk Mercedes sleeps it off in the back seat, Dean opens her shirt and takes pictures of her bra. The drunk Mercedes seems to be initiating oral sex as she drops into the driving Les's lap, but she falls asleep.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:July 6, 1988
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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