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She's Out of Control (1989)

PG | | Comedy | 14 April 1989 (USA)
When an average-looking teenage girl gets a makeover, it's enough to make her father become overprotective of her.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Danza ... Doug Simpson
Catherine Hicks ... Janet Pearson
Wallace Shawn ... Dr. Fishbinder
Dick O'Neill ... Mr. Pearson
Ami Dolenz ... Katie Simpson
Laura Mooney Laura Mooney ... Bonnie Simpson
Derek McGrath ... Jeff Robbins
Dana Ashbrook ... Joey
Matthew Perry ... Timothy (as Matthew L. Perry)
Lance Wilson-White ... Richard
Michael Alaimo Michael Alaimo ... Baggage Handler
Marcie Barkin ... Doug's Secretary
Diana Barrows Diana Barrows ... Lisa
Jan Bina Jan Bina ... Harpist
Michael Bower ... Kid at Beach


Doug Simpson lives alone with his two daughters Katie and Bonnie. Katie has just turned 15 and when Doug is out of town on a business trip she gets herself a treatment at a beauty parlor. She removes her braces and her thick glasses. Without those, she is a beautiful young woman and the boys line up outside the front door to date her. But Doug won't accept that his *girl* is seeing *men*... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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How can you protect your daughter when boys think about sex 652 times a day! See more »




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Release Date:

14 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daddy's Little Girl See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,653,142, 16 April 1989

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


On At the Movies (1986), Gene Siskel said he hated this movie so much that it almost made him quit his job. He continued that seeing Say Anything... (1989) later that day encouraged him not to quit. See more »


When Richard is in the kitchen talking to Doug, he speculates about what would happen if Katie met a duke or a prince in Europe. He asks "What about that Prince Charles guy?", and Doug responds, "Prince Charles is married." However, both men's lips form the word "Andrew" instead of "Charles." See more »


Doug Simpson: [about his daughter] Who was that kid?
Janet Pearson: [confused] Andy, from down the street.
Doug Simpson: [disbelieving] Nah nah. The one in the skirt.
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Written by Big Joe Williams (as Joe Williams)
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Awful Comedy with Creepy Undertones
6 February 2018 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

She's Out of Control (1989)

1/2 (out of 4)

Doug Simpson (Tony Danza) has the perfect life with a great girlfriend (Catherine Hicks) and two great daughters. All of this changes when his 15-year-old daughter Katie (Ami Dolenz) gets a makeover and starts getting attention from the boys. Pretty soon dad is living in constant fear that she's going to lose her virginity.

You know, I'm going to pretend that the makers of SHE'S OUT OF CONTROL weren't trying to be creepy when they made this so-called comedy. After all, a father obsessed with his daughter's sexuality could be seen as creepy and it's easy to see why some would find the material here but I'm going to be nice and think that they simply wanted to make a movie about the stress of being a father but that it spun way out of control. SHE'S OUT OF CONTROL is a pretty awful movie either way.

There are all sorts of problems with this film but the biggest is the fact that I didn't laugh a single time. For a comedy this is without question one of the worst that I've ever seen and I honestly can't think of too many that didn't have a single laughs. What's really shocking about this movie is how awful Danza is as he really doesn't give any sort of performance and he certainly can't bring this character to life. Even worse is the fact that he can work for a single laugh. Hicks, Dolenz and Wallace Shawn are good in their roles but they're given absolutely nothing to do.

What's so strange about this movie is the fact that it basically ends with the dad stalking his daughter in order to see if she loses her virginity. I'm sure most fathers fear this moment but I'm really not sure this film handled it the correct way. The entire film has a very weird tone to it and this is probably even more apparent due to the fact that there aren't any laughs. The only saving grace here is a great soundtrack with some early rock and roll tunes. Outside of that, SHE'S OUT OF CONTROL is one of the worst of its kind.

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