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If Looks Could Kill (1991)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy | 15 March 1991 (USA)
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Michael has to take summer class in French, a class trip to France, to graduate high school. He is, however, mistaken for an agent and people try to kill him. There are 007 style cars, cuties, crooks etc.

Director:

William Dear

Writers:

Fred Dekker (story by), Darren Star (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Grieco ... Michael Corben
Linda Hunt ... Ilsa Grunt
Roger Rees ... Augustus Steranko
Robin Bartlett ... Mrs. Grober
Gabrielle Anwar ... Mariska
Geraldine James ... Vendetta Galante
Michael Siberry ... Richardson
Carole Davis ... Areola Canasta
Frederick Coffin ... Lt. Col. Larabee
Tom Rack Tom Rack ... Zigesfeld
Roger Daltrey ... Blade
Oliver Dear Oliver Dear ... Kent
Cynthia Preston ... Melissa Tyler (as Cyndy Preston)
Michael Sinelnikoff ... Haywood
Travis Swords Travis Swords ... Kelly
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Storyline

When Michael Corben, along with the rest of his high-school French class, set out for a trip to France, he runs headlong into international intrigue: Agent Michael Corbin has just been disposed of by the evil forces of Augustus Steranko. When it's learned that Michael Corbin is alive and well, and still on his way to France, he's beseiged by both the good guys and the bad guys. British Intelligence outfits him with a series of James-Bond-like gizmos, and Steranko sends more would-be assassins after him. Can Michael stop the evil Steranko's plans for European domination? Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

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He's having the adventure of someone else's life. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Teen Agent See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,246,819, 17 March 1991

Gross USA:

$7,788,597

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,788,597
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cable)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Steranko's scorpion emblem was designed by a Montreal tattoo artist. See more »

Goofs

When Michael is driving the car then uses the 'disable vehicle' the two back tyres go flat, then in the next shot it shows one of the back tyres fully inflated. See more »

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[Michael is roughly escorted to dinner]
Michael Corben: Careful, this is an Abaloney suit!
Cell Guard: I know that!
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Better The Devil You Know
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Reasonably Funny Spy Spoof
5 August 2009 | by imdb-21622See all my reviews

I get tired of pointing these things out to people, but this is a comedy. People complaining about that fact that's it's unrealistic seem to be missing something. At no point did the movie makers expect you to find this realistic.

It's an escapist teen fantasy. Ordinary guy gets to drive expensive car, meet cute women, and have an adventure.

Of COURSE it's ludricous. But it's cute and funny in a lot of spots. I laughed out loud many times BECAUSE it's silly. So if you prefer sophisticated humor, maybe this is not for you.

It's less silly than say Top Secret. It's more of a straight action/adventure - it's just that the premise is totally unrealistic and so is the protagonist - he goes from being clueless to saving the day. Don't expect James Bond here people - it's not supposed to be.

I give it 7 out of 10. Why? Because it made me laugh out loud in multiple spots. Which is the point to comedies.

(Why some people watch comedies when they lack of a sense of humor is beyond me - some of the comments made here indicate that they do, though :)


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