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Ladybugs (1992)




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Rodney Dangerfield plays it cute in this comedy directed by veteran director Sidney J. Furie. Dangerfield plays Chester Lee, a man so anxious for a promotion that he agrees to coach a girl's soccer team his company is sponsoring. If the team has a winning season, Chester will get his promotion. The only problem is that Chester knows nothing about soccer and the team is incompetent. If Chester doesn't get his raise he won't be able to marry his sweetheart Bess (Illene Graff), so he persuades his son Matthew (Jonathan Brandis), who is an expert soccer player, to don a wig and join the team as one of the girls. With Matthew on the team, they make their way to the championship, but Bess discovers the ruse and forces Chester to chose between her and the job.

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Rodney Dangerfield
as Chester Lee
Jackée Harry
as Julie Benson
Jonathan Brandis
as Matthew/Martha
Vinessa Shaw
as Kimberly Mullen
Tom Parks
as Dave Mullen
Jeanetta Arnette
as Glynnis Mullen
LaCrystal Cooke
as Nancy Larimer
Jennifer Frances Lee
as Carmelita Chu
Tommy Lasorda
as Coach Cannoli
Johna Stewart
as Sally Anne Welfelt
Jandi Swanson
as Penny Pester
as Cathy Heape
Nancy Parsons
as Coach Annie
Chuck McCann
as Bartender
Blake Clark
as Coach Bull
Annette Marin
as Woman #1
Liz Jury
as Secretary
David Chan
as Softball Player #1
Pam Ward
as Liberal Woman
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Critic Reviews for Ladybugs

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

The situations in the film are merely setups for Dangerfield to wisecrack and bug his eyes out - so when a few gags fall flat, the pacing drastically suffers.

September 14, 2020 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

Ladybugs, which generally unfolds exactly as one might've anticipated, doesn't contain much in the way of compelling attributes aside from Dangerfield's mere presence...

January 27, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Instead of back to school, Ladybugs should have been sent back to the cradle, where it could reflect upon the infantile plot and sophomoric gags that infest it from beginning to end.

April 17, 2018 | Full Review…

The flick feels like the pilot episode for a sitcom that never even came close to getting picked up for a full season.

July 20, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

"Bad News Bears" cloned for girls soccer with sometimes funny Dangerfield bits.

July 6, 2006 | Rating: 2/5

Great comedy full of Rodey one-liners

August 13, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Ladybugs

We all have our own guilty pleasure, most of them we never admit to, however I will admit one now. I have loved this movie ever since I was a kid. Now that I've watched it as an adult, I can admit that it is one terrible movie, but it still had me laughing as hard as I did when I was 10 years old. In Ladybugs, Rodney Dangerfield plays a salesman who is asked to coach his company sponsored, girls soccer team, but he had no idea what he was in for. The other coaches are ruthless, the parents are insane, and worst of all his team is terrible, so what is a comedian to do? He gets his girlfriends, athletic, 14 year old son to dress up as a girl and join the team. The son is played by teen heartthrob Jonathan Brandis, who I became a huge fan of during the show Seaquest DSV. Brandis was absolutely hysterical as the teenage son, playing a teenage daughter. Some of his lines, along with his interactions with Dangerfield are pure comic genius. As for Dangerfield, while he was a legendary stand-up comedian, he was a terrible actor. The next logical step for a great stand-up comic is acting, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, and while Dangerfield has some pretty funny lines, he is one of the worst acting comedians I have ever seen. The story here is a unique and interesting one, in a context that is most definitely not meant for younger kids. There are some funny lines and more laughs to be had at the ridiculousness of the situation, but besides that, this is not a great movie. I gave it an even rating, but when it comes to this film, I am biased by my admiration for the late Jonathan Brandis and my fondness for this film I have loved, since my childhood.

Todd Smith
Todd Smith

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Rodney is funny but stick with Back to School to see him at his best.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Not bad but not original at all.

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

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