Moving Violations Movie Review

Moving Violations

A crash course in traffic school.
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John Murray (II), Jennifer Tilly, James Keach, Brian Backer

Ned Eisenberg, Clara Peller, Nedra Volz, Sally Kellerman, Josef Alfasa, Elizabeth Arlen, Billy Beck, Charles Bergansky, Victor Campos, Lisa Hart Carroll, Ben Mittleman, Willard E. Pugh, Wendie Jo Sperber, Nadine Van der Velde, Fred Willard Update Cast

Early Appearances

See Don Cheadle before they were famous!


Look for Neal Israel making a cameo appearance!

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The time the film was written, filmed and eventually released into theaters, was approximately six months. At the time, 1985, it was considered a monumental feat in studio film making.

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I would think that one of the worst nightmares in America would be losing your license.

Let's face it, we love our cars and the independence that comes from being able to make our own schedules. I've personally never had my license revoked so I don't know about having to go back to driver's ed, but if it ever happened (Heaven forbid), I'd want it to be like this movie.

Even as a little kid and not understanding a lot of the jokes in this movie, I spent an awful lot of time rolling on the floor laughing so hard there were tears in my eyes.

It all starts with an apple that bounces out of a landscaper's hand as he drives down the street and the hilarity takes off from there. An overzealous cop wanting to meet his ticket quota and get that elusive promotion and his partner, are the catalysts in this hilarious take on trying to win back that oh so precious independence.

At one point, a hilarious mistake causes them both to be demoted and they are now driver school teachers. Much to their chagrin, they are stuck teaching the very people they gave tickets to. With a class made up of a wise guy landscaper, a rocket scientist, a hypochondriac, a puppeteer, a woman who is nearly blind, a fan of all things gory, and a punk rocker (among others), it's no wonder the cops start to go crazy (and at least one of them develops a severe twitch).

The judge that sentenced everyone to driver's school seduces the main cop, letting him in on a devious plan to flunk the entire class. When the class catches wind of it, they go through side-splitting lengths to pass the class and get their cars back (not to mention the added bonus of humiliating the cops and judge on the way).

This movie is filled with hilarious moments and great quotes. I don't know where I'd be without the line, "Damn buses, always in the way!" to throw out every once in a while. My personal suggestion: if you haven't seen this movie, what are you waiting for? Go, rent it now.

Author: Mary McMurtreyUpdate This Review


So sue me, I loved this movie. I can't think of anything about it I didn't like (probably because I spend most of my time in tears laughing so hard). Just rent the movie and you'll see what I mean.

The whole movie is enough to make your stomach hurt for days from laughing so hard.
Can't think of any.

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Key Crew

Director: Neal Israel
Writer: Paul Boorstin, Sharon Boorstin, Neal Israel, Pat Proft
Producers: Bruce A. Block, Doug Draizin, Robert Israel, Pat Proft, Joe Roth, Richard J. Sawyer, Harry J. Ufland
Locations Manager: Dow Griffith

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Release Date: 19 Apr 1985
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Production: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Comedy

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1985 20th Century Fox
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