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The Whoopee Boys (1986)

Two obnoxious and dim-witted misfits attempt to save a school for needy children by attempting to sneak into the wealthy high society of Palm Beach to get the money needed for their cause.

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John Byrum
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael O'Keefe ... Jake Bateman
Paul Rodriguez ... Barney Benar
Denholm Elliott ... Col. Phelps
Carole Shelley ... Henrietta Phelps
Andy Bumatai Andy Bumatai ... Roy Raja
Eddie Deezen ... Eddie Lipschultz
Marsha Warfield ... Officer White
Elizabeth Arlen ... Shelley
Karen A. Smythe Karen A. Smythe ... Clorinda Antonucci
Joe Spinell ... Guido Antonucci
Robert Gwaltney Robert Gwaltney ... Humping the Butler
Lucinda Jenney ... Olivia
Dan O'Herlihy ... Judge Sternhill
Stephen Davies ... Strobe
Taylor Negron ... Whitey
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Storyline

Two dim-witted street peddlers, Jack and Barney, arrive in Palm Beach, Florida, looking for a better, wealthier lifestyle. In Palm Beach, Jack falls for Olivia, a young heiress running an orphaned children's shelter being threatened with foreclosure. Jack, at Barney's insistence, enrolls them both at a finishing school so they can learn the etiquette of the upper class in order to fit in with the hope that Olivia's uncle will approve of Jack wanting to marry her and help her obtain an inheritance to save the orphanage. Written by matt-282

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Taglines:

The Whoopee Boys have a thing or two to show to high society. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chicos escandalosos See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$444,746
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Nitzsche: man who yells at Barney and Jack for being in the pool. See more »

Quotes

Barney: [the class at the Phelps School is introducing themselves] Hi, my name is Barney Benar. I'm here with my friend Jake because there's this girl he's trying to nail...
Jake Bateman: [shakes his head and clears his throat] Mmm-mm!
Barney: What? Oh. Sure he loves her, sure he wants to fuck her...
Barney: [Jake makes the same sound, louder] Oh, whatever. I'm just with him, man.
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Connections

References Bewitched (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

VESTI LA GIUBBA
from "Pagliacci"
Written by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performed by Enrico Caruso
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Dumb and Dumber before it was fashionable
18 December 1998 | by 3rdworldSee all my reviews

A great movie if you understand what you are getting into. Check your brain and all shreds of rational thinking at the door. The acting is over the top and the serious dialogue is completely unbelievable as there really is no true point to this movie. That is precisely why I love it.

Long before Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels made idiocy popular on the big screen with "Dumb and Dumber", two enterprising men, Paul Rodriguez and Michael O'Keefe, strove to make completely base humor acceptable to the American masses. They definitely succeeded. These two (and the able supporting cast) make what easily could have been a poor movie into something funny. One has to wonder exactly how much ad-libbing was going on in this one (at least on Rodriguez' part).

Don't miss the charm school scene with the wine tasting. The only other time I had fallen out of my chair laughing was when Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels were trying to douse the fire of the peppers in their hamburgers with ketchup and mustard. Those of you who have attentively observed both will understand what I mean.


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