Somewhere lurking behind the scenes of She’s Out of Control is the germ of a good idea. Despite some funny scenes, the sitcomish treatment of a father’s anxiety over his teenage daughter’s budding sexuality is mostly shallow and uneven.
The widowed g.m. of an LA rock radio station, Tony Danza is no square, but he freaks out when his g.f. Catherine Hicks decides to transform his daughter Ami Dolenz from a studious wallflower into an airheaded sexpot. After a shaky opening, film picks up some wit and steam when Danza begins consulting a shrink, played with his customary sly intelligence by Wallace Shawn.
Naturally, everything Shawn tells Danza to do backfires. It’s not long before the daughter dumps punker Dana Ashbrook and he begins clinging to Danza as the dad he’s never had.
There’s also some fun in the parade of eager boys Danza has to keep turning away from the door, Laura Mooney is terrif as Danza’s precocious younger daughter, and the episode of Dolenz’ attempted seduction by Matthew L. Perry is also a standout.