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The 1988 comedy License To Drive shows the ups and downs of Les Anderson’s life after he fails his drivers test

Ayla Yebba, Staff Writer

License to Drive is the perfect coming of age movie that comically captures the experience teenagers and high school students have when earning their coveted driver’s license and key to freedom when living under their parents’ roof.

The movie first starts off with Les (Corey Haim) failing the written test which is crucial in order to take the hands on driving skills test. With anger and frustration he reacts by hitting the computer screen which wipes out not only his test result but the test results of all other driving hopefuls, allowing everyone to immediately take the driving skills test. Surprisingly, he does pass the driving skills test after a comical experience with a very intense and intimidating driving examiner. Finally, Les is given his driver’s license only to have it taken away seconds later when his multiple choice test results were recovered. Because of the embarrassment he felt, Les decides to lie to his family members and friends saying he passed both exams and earned his license with the hopes of retaking the written exam within the week.

Les’ parents (Richard Masur and Carol Kane) eventually find out that he lied, but he decides to keep up the act with his unsuspecting friends. 

He then gets asked out by his dream girl Mercedes Lane (Heather Graham). This once in a lifetime opportunity convinces him to continue the charade with Mercedes and take her out for a late night date in his grandfather’s car. 

Throughout the night,  Les tries to keep his grandfather’s car in perfect condition while having a fun time with Mercedes.

More and more issues come their way such as damage to the car, being pulled over by cops, having the car stolen by a drunk and then even more drastic damage to the car.

Even though I wasn’t raised in the 80’s, this movie gives me an example of what life was like for my parents. This movie brings back memories for my dad and I always love hearing about his life stories similar to Les’. 

Having the “Two Corey’s” in this film made it 10 times better. In every movie they do together they always have an entertaining dynamic about them.

They are funny, dramatic, fun to watch and always play their characters so well. It’s almost as if they are living out the life of their characters in real life.”

— Ayla Yebba

They are funny, dramatic, fun to watch and always play their characters so well. It’s almost as if they are living out the life of their characters in real life.

My childhood consisted of watching a large variety of 80’s classics because my parents wanted me to experience what they watched and what was considered a popular movie for their generation. I can without a doubt say that License to Drive is my favorite movie of all times. 

Since I am currently around the age of the main characters I am able to relate with their life experiences. They may not be as problematic and intense as what Les and Dean (Corey Feldman) had to deal with, but I did participate in similar requirements.  

As Les’ best friend Dean says, “Les, that license in your wallet, that’s not an ordinary piece of paper, that is a driver’s license, and it’s not only a driver’s license, it’s an automobile license, and it’s not only an automobile license, it’s a license to live, a license to be free, a license to go wherever, whenever and with whomever you choose.”

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