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Secret Admirer (1985)




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Produced at the height of the teen sex comedy cinema craze in the mid-1980s, Secret Admirer (1985) was the directorial debut of David Greenwalt, who would later move from screwball comedy to horror with the television series The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. C. Thomas Howell stars as Michael Ryan, a high school student who receives an anonymous love note in his locker. Hoping that it's from Deborah Ann Fimple (Kelly Preston), a gorgeous but air-headed classmate who only dates college boys, Michael hatches a scheme with Toni (Lori Loughlin), who is friendly with both him and Deborah, to write her back. What Michael doesn't know, however is that the first letter was really from Toni, who has more than friendship in mind. In the meantime, the unsigned missives fall into the wrong hands, leading Michael's mother, Connie (Dee Wallace-Stone) to believe that her husband George (Cliff De Young) is having an affair with his night school teacher, Elizabeth (Leigh Taylor-Young), who is none other than Deborah's mother. George had better watch his back, however, as Elizabeth's husband is Lieutenant Lou Fimple (Fred Ward), a tough cop who's having a very bad week. As the romantic complications pile up, Toni becomes Michael's Cyrano de Bergerac, penning his letters but pining for him as he gets closer to winning Deborah over. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi


C. Thomas Howell
as Michael Ryan
Kelly Preston
as Deborah Anne Fimple
Dee Wallace
as Connie Ryan
Fred Ward
as Lou Fimple
Leigh Taylor-Young
as Elizabeth Fimple
Cliff De Young
as George Ryan
Casey Siemaszko
as Roger Despard
Rodney Pearson
as Kirkpatrick
Scott McGinnis
as Steve Powers
Michael Menzies
as Mr. Simpson
Keith Mills
as Mailman
Gipsi de Young
as Mrs. Henderson
Janet Carroll
as Toni's Mother
Mike Toto
as Toni's Father
Ken Lerner
as Waiter
Dermott Downs
as Ungrateful Teen
Ron Burke
as Mr. Henderson
Arvid Malnaa
as Norwegian Dock Worker
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Critic Reviews for Secret Admirer

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

Director David Greenwalt has brought "Secret Admirer" a sense of visual style, some energy and a few good zingers, but the movie (which he cowrote with Jim Kouf) is smothered by the formula.

January 4, 2018 | Full Review…

A rather forgettable romantic comedy...

December 30, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Starts well, but the early comic buoyancy deflates quickly.

August 21, 2004 | Rating: 1/5

C. Thomas who?

February 18, 2003 | Rating: 0/5

...How a formulaic laff riot with a risqué slant is done.

January 17, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Only in a genre that includes Private School and Joy Sticks could Secret Admirer be considered a good movie, but this one's actually got some laughs!

January 15, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Secret Admirer

Another predictable teen romance from the 80s, but it does have a good cast and a couple of funny scenes.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


Hilarious teen comedy on a Secret Admirer letter. How one letter intrigues the mind of Michael ( C.Thomas Howell) who is curious to see who his admirer is and pin points the hot girl in school Debbie. Only thing is Michael needs his best friend Toni to help him out with delivering the letters. Soon, it get's in the wrong hands and causes mayhem. Hilarious and funny and a great 80's favorite. Fred Ward makes a nice addition to this comedy. :)

Donna Dawson
Donna Dawson

Super Reviewer


Oh the 80's. How I do enjoy making fun of it.

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

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