License To Drive Greg Beeman

License To Drive Greg Beeman
For three years in the late '80s, the two Coreys — Feldman and Haim — were untouchable. On the cover of every magazine from Tiger Beat to Teen Machine, they were every pre-teen and teen girl's dream, and for some guys, well, they were the coolest stars on the silver screen. While they have made a number of films together, License To Drive is their masterpiece. Though not as appreciated as The Lost Boys, LTD is every 16-year-old's fantasy/escapist adventure. Les (Haim) is about to get his license when he accidentally finds himself lined up for a date with his dream girl, Mercedes (Heather Graham). When he ends up flunking the driver's exam, Les finds himself lying and sneaking out in order to take Mercedes out on the town, where he borrows his grandpa's beloved Caddy and faces non-stop chaos with the help of his friends Dean (Feldman) and Charles (Michael Manasseri). While 17 years later it doesn't retain the same appeal and pertinent humour, for nostalgic reasons LTD is still a winner, in the same vein of the John Hughes catalogue. Because it's been so long since this film has been in circulation, the extras are even more satisfying. Included are interviews with the Coreys, which are both interesting in how they reflect on the film and hilarious to see how pitiable they are now. Haim's contribution is extremely daft and reveals just how burnt out he is, but he reveals he had mono when he kissed Graham, didn't actually have his license to drive and regrets how he constantly kept his mouth wide open. Feldman immediately replicates his Lost Boys interview by telling the same stories about how the two met and became a "fad." He's a lot more honest than Haim though, as he shows bitterness over losing the lead roll but got Haim back by scoring a date with Graham. Unfortunately, the dynamic duo is not in the commentary, yet Beeman and writer Neil Tolkin are side-splitting with their remarks, persistently cutting up the film, its actors and the era. Plus: deleted scene, trailer and trivia booklet. (Anchor Bay)