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Ladybugs (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 27 March 1992 (USA)
To climb the corporate ladder to success, a guy agrees to coach the company's all girl soccer team with the help of his secret weapon: his fiancee's son.

Director:

Sidney J. Furie

Writer:

Curtis Burch
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rodney Dangerfield ... Chester Lee
Jackée Harry ... Julie Benson (as Jackée)
Jonathan Brandis ... Matthew / Martha
Ilene Graff ... Bess
Vinessa Shaw ... Kimberly Mullen
Tom Parks ... Dave Mullen
Jeannetta Arnette ... Glynnis Mullen
Crystal Cooke Crystal Cooke ... Nancy Larimer (as LaCrystal Cooke)
Jennifer Frances Lee Jennifer Frances Lee ... Carmelita Chu
Vanessa Monique Rossel Vanessa Monique Rossel ... Tina Velez
Johna Stewart-Bowden ... Sally Anne Welfelt (as Johna Stewart)
Jandi Swanson Jandi Swanson ... Penny Pester
Nancy Parsons ... Coach Annie
Blake Clark ... Coach Bull
Tommy Lasorda ... Coach Cannoli
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Storyline

Chester Lee must take on the coaching duties of his company's employee daughters soccer team in order to impress his boss. Desperate for success, he enlists the aid of a "ringer", his fiancées son! Wackiness ensues. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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He's Coach... not first class. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex related dialogue | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ladybugs See more »

Filming Locations:

Denver, Colorado, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,180,414, 29 March 1992

Gross USA:

$14,796,494

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,796,494
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Chester drives a, 1990 Pontiac Trans Sport [GMT199]. See more »

Goofs

When Chester and Matthew argue about the team, a boom operator is reflected in thecar door as Matthew closes it. See more »

Quotes

Chester: Julie, look at what you're eating, I thought you were getting in shape. What happened to the weight lifting class?
Julie: Oh I'm doing good. I mean this is heavy.
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Alternate Versions

To receive a PG certificate UK cinema and video versions were cut by 46 secs by the BBFC to remove suggestive dialogue including references to child abuse and the infamous "I took her son, dressed him like a girl, and I talked him into playing with me" line. See more »


Soundtracks

Summergirls
Written by Dino Esposito
Published by Onid Music / Island Music, Inc.
Performed by Dino Esposito
Courtesy of Island Records, Inc.
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Dangerfield's comedy kicks all the goals
5 December 2012 | by PeterMitchell-506-564364See all my reviews

Ladybugs is a movie you could go past, without realizing how funny it really is. A small cinema release in December of 92, it had. When it came around to watching it, in late 95, I'm glad I zoomed in on it. As always in Rodney's Dangerfield's movies, like Robin Williams adds his own lines, he adds his own jokes, and they go off like firecrackers. I don't think there's anything I haven't found funny from Dangerfield. Here in one of his funniest comedies, a lighthearted one, compared to the normal ones he did, and that wasn't many, he coaches a hopeless soccer team of young girls, one of them happening to his beautiful boss's daughter, Kimberly. And if Chester (Dangerfield) produces a winning team he'll be put in for a promotion, so it's a bit of a..kissing. Rodney says a great one liner about balls that cracked me up. I never realized how funny this movie would be. Chester who's met a new woman, and vying for the acceptance of her son (this happens to all stepdads and mothers) he really needs this promotion. He cons the son (late heart throb Jonathan Brandis) a skilled soccer player into coaching this pathetic girls soccer team. Only one catch, the son must dress like a girl. At first, averse to the idea, he's soon in a dress and wig, and Martha is born. Another complication, Martha falls for Kimberly. Certain predicaments provide laughs, like when all the girls are invited back to Kimberly's place as they are skinny dipping, or when Martha's changing into a dress, in certain places, like female washrooms or dressing stalls, or even throttling a punching ball in front of stunned onlookers. Or when Kimberly shows up unannounced at Martha's, where Brandis is forever changing, as Rodney and his much better half return home. Even Rodney, who makes one hell of an ugly woman, has to pose as a female to get Martha out of Kimberly's house. Jackee' (Rodney's work colleague) is a hoot too, providing the laughs with after remarks aimed at Rodney. Nancy Parsons, the crazed coach of the other girl soccer team who are miles and miles better, very much resembles characteristics of her Ball breaker character from her Porky's days. Rodney sends a string of jokes her way that his boss finds equally amusing. Also the intercut scenes, with Brandis in a ice cream shop and Dangerfield in a bar telling the owners their problems, where their words are misinterpreted, Dangerfield's getting him kicked out with the funniest misunderstood line I've ever heard in my life. Ladybugs is a comedy treat for the whole family. I suggest zipping down to the DVD shop and hiring it, if you can find it. If your lucky to see a copy of it in the ex rental video section, buy it. Please! You won't be disappointed. Ladybugs, a whole movie of laughs, is runner up to Dangerfield's supreme hit, Back to School.


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