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Homework (1982)

Good-looking but virginal "rockstar" teen Tommy (Michael Morgan) tries to score with some of the local high school girls. But a classmate's mom (Dame Joan Collins) decides to make a man out of him.

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James Beshears
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Collins ... Diane
Michael Morgan Michael Morgan ... Tommy
Shell Kepler Shell Kepler ... Lisa
Lanny Horn Lanny Horn ... Ralph
Erin Donovan ... Sheila
Renee Harris Renee Harris ... Cookie
Mark Brown Mark Brown ... Mix
Lee Purcell ... Ms. Jackson
Carrie Snodgress ... Dr. Delingua
Wings Hauser ... Reddog
John Romano John Romano ... Gilles
Joy Michael Joy Michael ... Diane at 16
Newell Alexander ... Mr. Stern
Deedee Downs Deedee Downs ... Sylvine (as Dee Dee Downs)
Ernestine Jackson Ernestine Jackson ... Cookie's Mother
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Storyline

Good-looking but virginal "rockstar" teen Tommy (Michael Morgan) tries to score with some of the local high school girls. But a classmate's mom (Dame Joan Collins) decides to make a man out of him.

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Every Young Man Needs a Teacher See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Growing Pains See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,366,535, 29 August 1982

Gross USA:

$2,914,328

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,914,328
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Production Co:

Jensen Farley Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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After the success of films such as My Tutor and Private Lessons, and Joan Collins renewed popularity after her appearance in Dynasty, this 1979 film was re-worked with additional scenes and a misleading advertising campaign. The new scenes featured an unconvincing nude double for Collins' in scenes of her character seducing a youth, and the film promoted as an older-woman seduction story. A billboard showing a concealed nude image of Collins greatly angered the actress. See more »


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A mess
2 January 2019 | by jadavixSee all my reviews

A young man sits doing his math homework. He pulls out a porno mag and begins to fantasize about the model in the magazine being photographed by some other guy. This would make sense if he were gay, and wants to become a fashion photographer. But he is supposed to be straight. If the picture led him to fantasize, wouldn't the fantasy be sexual somehow?

The boy has a more interesting fantasy a little bit later, where he imagines himself comatose in hospital due to lack of sex, and has two sexy nurses, one of whom bares her breasts.

The movie appears to have a better budget than most '80s teen sex comedies. It features more locations and actors, though no one makes any impression.

I believe the movie is supposed to be about a young man, luckless in sex, being seduced by Joan Collins. She is barely in it, and all her scenes seem separate from the rest of the movie. No wonder - according to Wikipedia, they were filmed two years apart from the rest of the "movie". The whole thing has the same disconnected feeling.

There is a smoking hot French teacher, who should have been the one to seduce the protagonist - not Collins. In one bizarre scene, she offers to tutor one of the other kids, and he comes to her house and talks to her in fluent French, impressing her. She speaks English, presumably because the actress couldn't fake it in French. Why didn't they just make her a science teacher or something?

Google offers some hints about Collins' lack of real participation: she filmed her part two years before the rest, in a minor role, and the filmmakers edited the movie - and marketed it - to make it look like she played a main role. She sued them, particularly for using a body double in a later scene to make it look like she got naked.

B-movie god Wings Hauser makes an appearance at the halfway mark. He apparently plays some kind of rock star. What is he doing in this movie?

There are also scenes with an African American family that don't seem related to the movie's main story, if you can really say it has one.

The kid speaking French to his teacher is apparently, actually, French. I don't know why they didn't introduce that earlier. This movie is very confusing.

The protagonist finally meets Collins with only fifteen minutes left to go. So much for the whole "virginal loser seduced by sexy Dame" plotline.

And then the movie ends, without having resolved, or even really established, anything.

Thank god it's over.


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