Boyfriend School, The

 (245)5.81 h 42 min1990PG-13
Painfully boring Gus isn't exactly ladies' man material -- at least not until his meddling romance writer sister makes him the buff and bronzed main character in the romantic fantasies of his dream girl, Emily.
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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M. StrainReviewed in the United States on March 14, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Don't Tell her it's Me
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The film was originally titled, "Don't Tell Her it's Me", which is why the theme song repeats it. At some point, they changed the name to, "The Boyfriend School" because that is the title of the book based on the film. It sounds really cheesy, I honestly prefer the original title. It's an enjoyable film with lots of humor and nostalgia. I use to really enjoy this as a kid. Jamie Gertz's character is super shallow and it takes a makeover by Shelley Long to make her attracted to a nice guy, Steve Guttenberg. That's the basic premise. I was happy to find it on Amazon finally, I've been looking for it for quite some time.
14 people found this helpful
Dr. B. Truett-SerrettReviewed in the United States on September 28, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
First came out as “Don’t Tell Her It’s Me,” and we have looked for it since.
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My daughter and I saw this movie years ago, I guess when it first came out, and it was called “Don’t Tell Her It’s Me.” I have searched for that title for several years, and finally ran across the movie, but it had been renamed, I think to match the book. It is not a “Oscar” winning movie, but we both love Shelly Long & Steve Gutenberg.
19 people found this helpful
LMB 925Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
It's good enough if you know what you're getting
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This is kind of typical '80's movie. I find it a bit cringe worth at times and it's not something I'd have even enjoyed in the '80's, but it's cute. I enjoyed the humor and lightness of it. Shelly Long was fun and I find myself enjoying her more now than a kid in the '80's. Steve Gutenberg is always a joy and he was as expected.

This isn't a memorable movie that will leave you on the edge of your seat, and by today's standards it doesn't hold up, but if you can let go and enjoy a light romcom, it's worth watching. Romcom's aren't my favorite and I find a lot of movies from the era a bit offensive in one way or another and unintelligent, but again, don't take it seriously and let yourself go back a few decades on a rainy day (or a quarantine day) and give the movie a shot. Probably not something a guy would enjoy watching with you, and not a family movie only because it would bore kids.
9 people found this helpful
Liz W.Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
So Bad It's Good
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I frequently watch movies based on their titles or strange covers and this had both going for it. The first 30 minutes are rough but it quickly won me over as charming, bizarre, and cliched in all the best ways and is on my list of top So Bad It's Good recommendations. I've been telling everyone about it ever since I saw it and will definitely be giving it another watch or 5 over the coming years.
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AprilReviewed in the United States on January 17, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
“Don’t tell her it’s me” quintessential (bad REALLY bad) 80’s RomCom
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Okay so it’s not an “80’s” movie per se, since it came out in 1990. “The boyfriend school” is what it is titled now, but I knew it as “Don’t tell her it’s me”. This was back when I was in high school and all RomComs then were BAD! So we’ll call this the best of the bad. We first come into this movie as Steve Guttenberg’s character, Gus, is recovering from radiation treatments for his cancer. His sister Lizzie, played by Shelley Long, who happens to be a romance novelist, is bound and determined to find him love. But Gus being as sick as he was, is less than desirable when it comes to looks. His sister Lizzie sets him up on a blind date with a beautiful yet shallow brunette Emily, played by Jami Gertz. When the blind date goes terribly wrong, Lizzie decides to get Gus back into shape and turns him into Lobo, the hunky New Zealander. (Yes Steve Gutenberg is a hunky foreign guy) and of course Emily falls for it and Lobo. It is quirky, horribly directed, 80’s RomCom. YOU MUST SEE IT!
3 people found this helpful
Uncle CaseyReviewed in the United States on March 10, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Absolutely awful
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I truly do not understand the 5-star reviews. This movie is BAD. It's no fault of the three lead actors. Weak script, terribly choppy directing and editing, jumpy storyline, awful music. I like old 80's and 90's movies but this one is a mess. The fact that the movie's title was changed is always a sign of failure. Pass on this dud.
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TheSWalksReviewed in the United States on April 28, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Lighthearted Mistaken Identity Romp
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I came across this movie while looking for something light to watch on a dreary, rainy day in the Pacific Northwest. Filmed a few years after Steven Guttenberg starred in Three Men and a Baby, it definitely has that 80's feel, not to mention the hairstyles, and the cast does a great job of trying to make this a good, if goofy, film. Like those cheesy but irrisistable romance novels of the 70's and 80's, the viewer gets a sweetly muddled romance with just a touch of steamy lust before the happy ending. I found myself comparing it to As You Like It, and even spotted Touchstone.
7 people found this helpful
Rachael RReviewed in the United States on May 21, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
I lost a few brain cells watching this
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I'm not sure how I made it through this entire movie with any brain cells left in tact. I thought it couldn't get any worse after 15 minutes in, so I gave it a chance. Then the mullet & New Zealand accent appeared. It was like watching one of those pimple popping videos - you just can't look away. But, when it's over, you instantly want to forget what you just saw.

Whoever wrote this must've been smoking some serious reefer.
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