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The Wild Life


Eighties teen romp involving Bill and his new apartment, Jim and his rebellious antics, Tom and his crazy self, and Anita with her older man David.

Release Year: 1984

Rating: 5.5/10 (1,123 voted)

Art Linson

Stars: Chris Penn, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Eric Stoltz

Eighties teen romp involving Bill and his new apartment, Jim and his rebellious antics, Tom and his crazy self, and Anita with her older man David.


Chris Penn

Tom Drake

(as Christopher Penn)

Ilan Mitchell-Smith

Jim Conrad

Eric Stoltz

Bill Conrad

Jenny Wright


Lea Thompson


Brin Berliner


Rick Moranis


Hart Bochner

David Curtiss

Susan Rinell


(as Susan Blackstone)

Cari Anne Warder


Robert Ridgely

Craig Davis

Jack Kehoe

Mr. Parker

Simone White


(as Jennifer White)

Beth McKinley


Michael Bowen


It's casual.

Release Date: 28 September 1984

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $4,001,000
(30 September 1984)
(1140 Screens)

Gross: $11,020,375

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


The cable installer is played by Lee Ving, front man of the punk rock band Fear.


During the scene where Jim has the music up too loud, Bill comes in and it appears that he yanks the plug out. After he leaves, Jim turns it back on by hitting play, not by putting the plug back in.


[repeated line]

Tom Drake:
It's casual.

User Review

Thomas Drake really could be Jeff Spicolli's brother!

Rating: 9/10

Straight up, I love this film. I love everything about it. It has a
soundtrack, it has a lot of recognizable faces and it is funny as hell.
There are so many plots in this film and every one of them is funny in one
way or another.

Where as Spicolli lit up the screen two years back, Drake is almost as
memorable of a character. All he wants to do is have fun. He moves out
the house without his parent's consent, he skips work whenever he feels
it, he is obsessed with sex, he loves his drugs and booze and he tries to
a good friend. It is his lacksidaisical attitude that makes him such a
to watch. And he comes out with some great lines. And there are so many
tiny observations that you don't see coming but they make you laugh at the
sheer velocity when it hits you. One particular moment is when Tommy and
Bill are talking about Bill's ex girlfriend dating someone else now. At
end of the conversation, Tommy takes his huge beer bottle and just throws
over his shoulder, casually. He then says good night and the scene ends.
It is a perfect scene. Tommy's world is his own. He really lives to
and have fun. When the conversation is over, his time is over and he
doesn't care who he offends in the process. He has an innocence about
"It's casual" is his favourite saying.

Another such classic scene is Reggie handing Bill a donut. He says
something to him that me and my friends will never forget because we
the film ten times and watched that part over and over again and hurt
ourselves laughing. It has to be seen to be appreciated.

Wild Life is a throw back to when teen comedies were funny, raunchy, had a
good ear, entertained us and just wanted us to get lost in their world for
90 minutes. Wild Life does all those things perfectly. If this is a film
that you haven't seen, give it a chance. It is a classic.

Also check out the army store guy that Jim has problems with. He is a
familiar face now and it is his first role on the big screen.