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  • Actors: C. Thomas Howell, Lori Loughlin, Kelly Preston, Dee Wallace, Cliff De Young
  • Directors: David Greenwalt
  • Writers: David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf
  • Producers: C.O. Erickson, Jim Kouf, Lynn Kouf, Stephen J. Roth
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: January 7, 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000714C2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,381 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Secret Admirer" on IMDb

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An anonymous note sets off a romantic chain-mail reaction with hilarious results in this letter-perfect comedy with "something for everybody" (The Washington Post). Flirty and hilarious, Secret Admirer is a fast and funny farce where the laughs are unsigned, sealed and delivered. When high school heartthrob Michael (C. Thomas Howell, Red Dawn) receives an unsigned love letter, he assumes it's from knockout prom queen Deborah-Anne (Kelly Preston, Jerry Maguire) instead of pretty honor student Toni (Lori Loughlin, "Full House"). And when Michael accidentally misplaces the letter, the juicy jottings soon make their way into the hands of the whole neighborhood, touching off a scandalously sexy soap opera of mixed-up motives, mistaken identities and merrily misfired emotions!

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In the brief flower of his teen idolhood, C. Thomas Howell starred in this unexpectedly mature teen comedy. High school loser Michael (Howell) receives an unsigned love note and hopes it's from the queen of the social scene, Debbie (Kelly Preston). When Debbie brushes him off, his best friend Toni (Lori Loughlin) convinces him to send her an anonymous note of his own--only Toni, who's so in love with Michael that she wants him to be happy, rewrites his clumsy fumblings into romantic prose, and Debbie swoons. Meanwhile, the first note has fallen into other hands, setting off misguided passion among the kids' parents. Secret Admirer could have been familiar fluff, but the plot keeps taking unexpected turns, tweaking the clichés of the teen genre with a dose of reality. The characters reveal surprising sides, resulting in a unusually rich story that earns its happy ending. --Bret Fetzer

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I want to say sorry for any mistake.
Thiago Martins Lucas
I watched this movie when I was like 13 and I loved it, so now that I'm 25 I had to buy it.
P. Grassie
Secret Admirer is the best movie i have ever seen.
Patricia

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By K. Palmer on December 30, 2002
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was just graduating college when Secret Admirer came out in the mid 80's. But over 15 years later, it is one of the few 80's teen movies I still enjoy watching over and over again. There really isn't anything new in this movie that hasn't been covered in other movies and the final outcome is pretty predictable, but the cast is a good one. C. Thomas Howell, Kelly Preston (Holy Smokes!) and the absolutely adorable Lori Loughlin work extremely well together with the unrequited love portion of the story and the adult cast (in particular Fred Ward in a hilarious performance) also all have their moments. You even see Corey Haim ("Lucas") before he hit fame and later became a hilarious "True Hollywood Story".
Glad to see that this is coming to DVD. I hope it has a commentary track with some of the stars of the flick because it would be interesting to see what they think of the movie so many years later.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By EdwoodCA on December 2, 2004
Format: DVD
I've seen a ton of movies and this rates as one of my all time favorites because it's very funny, heartbreaking if you've ever had an unrequitted love, well acted, has the incredible instrumental theme song by Jan Hammer, and has many, many quotable lines that I love to repeat to this day. [Just like I do with John Hughes' 80's classics Sixteen Candles, B-fast Club, Weird Science, etc.]

"One more wisecrack outta you and I'm gonna butter your necktie."
"... 'til Duran Duran here, tried to [jump the grand canyon in my van]" [or something to that effect... lol... the Duran Duran part is the funny.]
"Whole wheat makes me fart." "WE KNOW!!!"

The adults in the movie are great too, not just filler for this "teen movie". Fred Ward as Lt. Fimple makes one of the absolute BEST deliveries of a very common profane phrase EVER!
Michael: "uh, good evening Mr. Fimple."
Lt. Fimple: "**** you!" And it's only 10% what he says and 90% HOW HE SAYS IT, that makes it SO memorable.

Nuff said... rent it or buy it... just watch it and laugh.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brian Reaves VINE VOICE on April 13, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This movie is great, plain and simple. As you watch the love letter change hands from person to person and things unravel for everyone, you don't see HOW things are going to end up sane, but it all works well. Definitely worth watching. The only downside I guess is this: only in a movie could your best friend be someone as beautiful and sweet as Lori Laughlin and you STILL be looking around for someone. In real life, it doesn't happen that way, my friend. I mean, yes, Kelly Preston is gorgeous, but still...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Thiago Martins Lucas on October 15, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Yes.Its a trully great loveable teen movie from the 80s.The best in the movie are following ,not necesserelly on this order:
-Lori Laughlin-in my oppinion shes the most sweet and loveable actress in a movies like that.Unforgettable.Its gonna stay in my memmorie forever and ever.the sweetness on her face and acting way is very welcomed in a time like this:cold and filled with uncertainty.
-The jann hammer sacore:I didnt know that was the name of the score composer but I always loved it and every time i go to USA i look for it hopefull for find the cd but i never suceeded.Im still looking for it like someone who is looking for a reason to fall in love again or better for an inspiration.MY first true love I watched this movie in an afternoon tv exhibition.
-the sexy kelly preston-shes really nice but doesnt even get closer to what Lori is in the movie.
I guess I should stop know since im getting to prsonal in this review.I want to say sorry for any mistake.I wrote it quickly and my first language is portuguese(im from Brasil)...Thank u very much for reading this...
Bye,Lucas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Rush on September 18, 2004
Format: DVD
Eighties teen cinema didn't begin and end with the Queen of Teen,it's just that those without her name attached to them tended to be met with less media fanfare.This is one of those films.No,it doesn't delve into any unchartered territory,and yes,at times the characters can slip into the usual stereotypes.However the film still manages to endear itself.I recently rediscovered it when i found an old home-taped copy on beta at a thrift store in town.After watching, I made a mental note to find it on DVD and was happy to find that,not only was it available,but in widescreen to boot!So if you haven't seen it since it's run on cable,pick it up.You'll feel good,I promise...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By justine ryan on March 8, 2003
Format: DVD
After hiring the movie'Perfect' so many times, after the film I would always see this trailer for the movie 'Secret Admirer'. So for many years I always wanted to see it until finally a couple of years ago I got my wish, it got played on TV. Since then it's been played a couple more times and I must say, I dig this film. Sure it's not the absolute best film you will ever see, but there's something about it that charms me to love it. C.Thomas Howell, Lori Loughlin and Kelly Preston are good in their roles. It ones of those movies that will always be in my collection of favourite films. Plus I love watching the trailer
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eva Sophia on April 4, 2006
Format: DVD
Ever wondered what would happen if you told someone how you felt only to not sign the letter? A string of romantic comedies and love triangles and confusion results when a secret admirer letter is misplaced. It's a surprise that this flick is quite well written and well cast. The happy ending is exactly what you want. Instead of running away for a year on a plane the real sweetheart is about to sail away on a ship having won a "Year at Sea" highschool scholarship. When both admirer and admired jump ship it's an adorable finale to so much romantic comedy and misinterpretations!
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