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Johnny Be Good (1988)



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Anthony Michael Hall stars as Johnny Walker, a much sought-after high school football star whom every collegiate program wants for their own.

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Anthony Michael Hall
as Johnny Walker
Robert Downey Jr.
as Leo Wiggins
Paul Gleason
as Wayne Hisler
Uma Thurman
as Georgia Elkans
Seymour Cassel
as Wallace Gibson
Marshall Bell
as Chief Elkans
Deborah May
as Mrs. Walker
Michael Alldredge
as Vinny Kroll
Jennifer Tilly
as Connie Hisler
Jon Stafford
as Bad Breath
Robert Downey Sr.
as NCAA Investigator
Peter Koch
as Pete Andropolous
Jim McMahon
as Himself
George Hall
as Grandpa Walker
Pete Koch
as Pete Andropolous
Lucianne Buchanan
as Lawanda Wade
Tony Frank
as Joe Bob
Tim Rossovich
as Gas Attendant
David Denney
as Benny Figg
Chris Dunn
as Flick Weaver
John DeLuna
as Jose Popupu
Larry Wolf
as Recruiter Larry
Coquina Dunn
as Sorority Girl
Michael Colyar
as Recruiter Mike
Traci Ann Dutton
as Girl at Motel
Jamie Goss
as Stripper
Lee Ritchey
as Recruiter Lee
Linwood Phillip Walker
as Recruiter Linwood
Gary Hartwell
as Mael Stripper
Deanna Maddox
as Sorority Girl
Ted Dawson
as TV Reporter
Ann Matush
as Stripper
Adam Faraizl
as Randy Walker
Megan Morris
as Raylene Walker
Jack Gould
as Priest
Van Dykes
as Hari Krishna
Dennis Letts
as Army General
Craig Tonelson
as Pete Provolone
John Cunningham
as Substitute
Donna Willson
as Stripper
Denise Thorson
as Eunice Elkans
Hayley Ladner
as Joanie Dorfman
John de Luna
as Jose Popupu
Holly Harrington
as Cheerleader #2
Philisha Sanders
as Cheerleader #3
Karen Cecka
as Girl at Motel
John Hawkes
as Pizza Boy
Scott Bate
as Pizza Boy
Michael Petty
as Hari Krishna
Thethia Hanson
as Tupperware Lady
Clara Paul
as Tupperware Lady
Harlan Jordan
as Exterminator
Harvey Christiansen
as Bait Shop Owner
Doris Hargrave
as Woman at Piermont
Gary G. DeLaune
as Local TV Reporter
Catherine Alexander
as Waitress at BBQ
John Stafford
as Bad Breath
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Critic Reviews for Johnny Be Good

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

"Johnny Be Good," a would-be satire on the excesses of big-time college football recruiting, is so bad that the NCAA might consider using it as punishment for coaches who violate regulations.

August 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Buried somewhere in the screenplay are some Robert Altman-esque satirical intentions, in which the wildly corrupt college football recruitment process is offered as a panoramic image of frenzied American venality.

August 14, 2019 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Two of the screenwriters, Steve Zacharias and Jeff Buhai, also wrote Revenge of the Nerds, so it's not surprising that they're more interested in tame teen-age fantasies than in social satire.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

If Chuck Berry were dead, he'd be spinning in his grave.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

The people who made this movie should be ashamed of themselves.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…

An insufferable comedy. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Johnny Be Good

Wacky, Wild, and a HILLARIOUS made movie!!! (:

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

It's movies like this that give 80s teen flicks a bad reputation. The actors are good, but the dialogue and story are stupid and pointless. I hated this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

It's a slightly more sexed up and extreme version of the John Hughes formula, but in a good way. Anthony Michael Hall plays a great jock after being stereotyped as a shy nerd in most roles. RDJ also throws in a knockout as his kooky best friend. I liked the story because it had a real life feel to it and there were real consequences to everyone's actions. When it does get over the top, it's absolutely hilarious and a purely 80s experience.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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