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The Boyfriend School (1990)

Don't Tell Her It's Me (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 21 September 1990 (USA)
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Cartoonist Gus has survived cancer treatment and now his romance novelist sister tries to find him a woman and guide him. Will they succeed?

Director:

Malcolm Mowbray

Writers:

Sarah Bird (novel), Sarah Bird (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shelley Long ... Lizzie Potts
Steve Guttenberg ... Gus Kubicek
Jami Gertz ... Emily Pear
Kyle MacLachlan ... Trout
Mädchen Amick ... Mandy
Kevin Scannell Kevin Scannell ... Mitchell Potts
Perry Anzilotti ... Hairdresser
Nada Despotovich Nada Despotovich ... Receptionist
Beth Grant ... Babette
Don Hood ... Deputy
Bill Applebaum Bill Applebaum ... Man in Bar
O'Neal Compton ... Gas Station Attendant
Ron Orbach ... Bobbi
Stacy Areheart Stacy Areheart ... Teenage Girl
Bert Hogue Bert Hogue ... Airport Security Guard
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Storyline

Gus is a fat cartoonist that recently won a battle against cancer, which explains his baldness. But he is also lonely. Therefore, his caring sister tries to set him up with suitable women. But to do so, she must turn him into an irresistible man. When he falls in love with Emily, Gus takes the identity of a mysterious biker from New Zealand. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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A romantic comedy about true love under false pretenses. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boyfriend School See more »

Filming Locations:

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$531,714, 23 September 1990

Gross USA:

$1,171,762

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,171,762
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"The Boyfriend School" was the film's working title until the marketing department at Hemdale, its studio, learned that the title tested poorly in its surveys. Alternate titles considered included: "Two of Gus", "What She Knew", and "Don't Tell Her It's Me", with the latter title finally making the cut. However, the film was retitled "The Boyfriend School" for cable television airings, as well as the DVD release. See more »

Goofs

Gus's "Maori" pendant bears no resemblance to actual Maori artwork. See more »

Quotes

Lizzie Potts: No! Annabelle! Don't play with the space heater coil. Piglet, if you breath gas it will tie up all your available hemoglobin and there will be none left for oxygen transfer. Your lips and nail beds will turn cherry red and you'll die of carbon monoxide poisoning. I like to acquaint her with consequences.
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Connections

References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Je veux vivre dans ce rêve
from "Roméo et Juliette"
Performed by Patricia Smith
Composed by Charles Gounod
Produced by Teri Nelson
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Funny Face
9 April 2003 | by steven-112See all my reviews

Absolutely charming, an old school romance that would never see the light of day in the noughties.

Full of genuinely funny moments, particularly from Shelley Long chastising her infant on the dangers of sticking fingers in sockets or eating oil covered bolts in a non-chalont manner. Leads look great and have the timing for comedy. Jamie Gertz never fails to charm.

Funny, romantic, inspiring and beautiful, says this soppy old romantic.


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