1990 / Director. William Dear.
The title could easily be the name of a James Bond film, and as it suggests If Looks Could Kill is a satirical action comedy targeted at a teenage audience. Richard Grieco stars as a lazy, self cantered high school reject who travels to Europe with his French class to gain extra credit. Along the way he is mistaken for a American spy with the same name. Action ensues and the movie essentially borrows from an assortment of 007 films. It's important to remember the target demographic when watching this flick because watching it as an adult, I could tear strips off it... but I do remember how I felt about it as a kid. I loved it. It was a belter of an action movie that spoke to me. It was exciting, funny and packed a punch. So with almost 20 years since I last watched it, I was filled with nostalgia. I don't care about it's flaws and I'm just thrilled to be able to share it with my kids. My son watch it with me tonight and he loved it. No doubt he'll watch it again, and again... it would have made for a cool little franchise had it not been so poorly received at the time. Ah well, it was nice to revisit.