Johnny Be Good (1988)

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Johnny's the top high school football player and many colleges want him. His girlfriend, coach and BFF want him in the college serving themselves most.




  • Robert Downey Jr. and Anthony Michael Hall in Johnny Be Good (1988)
  • Anthony Michael Hall and Jim McMahon in Johnny Be Good (1988)
  • Anthony Michael Hall in Johnny Be Good (1988)
  • Uma Thurman in Johnny Be Good (1988)
  • Robert Downey Jr. and Paul Gleason in Johnny Be Good (1988)
  • Robert Downey Jr. and Paul Gleason in Johnny Be Good (1988)

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13 April 2015 | SnoopyStyle
| unfunny comedy
Johnny Walker (Anthony Michael Hall) is the star high school football quarterback and punter. Backup quarterback Leo Wiggins (Robert Downey Jr.) is his best friend that never gets into the game. Wayne Hisler (Paul Gleason) is the hated coach. They win the championship and Johnny is recruited by everybody. His girlfriend Georgia Elkans (Uma Thurman) wants him to follow her to State college for a solid education.

There are nobody to like in this movie. This is trying to be a comedy but it's not funny. This subject could allow for a dark gritty realistic tale of bad recruitment practices but it's so fake. The writing is nowhere near sharp enough. It's always fascinating to see a young star and this one has Uma Thurman. Hall isn't convincing or likable. Downey is mugging for the camera too much without getting any laughs. This is Bud S. Smith's one and only directing credit. There's a reason for that.

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