Behaving Badly (film)

Behaving Badly is a 2014 American teen sex comedy film written and directed by Tim Garrick, which is the film adaptation of the 2000 Ric Browde autobiographical novel While I'm Dead Feed the Dog. It stars Nat Wolff and Selena Gomez alongside Mary-Louise Parker, Elisabeth Shue, Heather Graham, Jason Lee, Dylan McDermott and Cary Elwes. The movie was released on video-on-demand on July 1, 2014, before a theatrical release on August 1, 2014.[2]

Behaving Badly
Behaving Badley Movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTim Garrick
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Tim Garrick
  • Scott Russell
Based onWhile I'm Dead Feed the Dog
by Ric Browde
Music byDavid Newman
CinematographyMathew Rudenberg
Edited byMatt Friedman
  • Mad Chance
  • Starboard Entertainment
Distributed byVertical Entertainment
Release date
  • August 1, 2014 (2014-08-01)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$422,697[1]


Teenager Rick Stevens (Nat Wolff), has a crush on Nina Pennington (Selena Gomez). When Rick realizes that Nina broke up with her boyfriend Kevin Carpenter (Austin Stowell), he places a bet with Karlis Malinauskas (Nate Hartley), a mobster's son, that he will have sex with Nina before Arbor Day, leading to a serious chain of events from having sex with his best friend's mom (Elisabeth Shue), to having almost the whole town in jail, including Nina.[3]



Principal photography took place at John Burroughs Middle School in Los Angeles, California in August 2012. The shoot took twenty days to complete. Originally titled Feed The Dog since it is based on the book While I'm Dead Feed the Dog, the film changed its name in August 2012 to Parental Guidance Suggested[4] before being revised to Behaving Badly. The third title revision was largely due to the Billy Crystal/Bette Midler film Parental Guidance in the 2012 holiday season having already claimed the title, causing possible confusion. Browde, the author of the original autobiographical novel, has disavowed the film as going against the source material of his book.[5]

Release and ReceptionEdit

In April 2014, it was announced Vertical Entertainment had acquired U.S distribution rights to the film.[6] The film was released in the United Kingdom straight to video on June 9, 2014.[7] The film was released in the United States on July 1, 2014, through video on demand, before being released in a limited release on August 1, 2014.[8][9]

The film received a 0% approval rate on Rotten Tomatoes[10] following 17 reviews, and a score of 18/100 on Metacritic suggesting "overwhelming dislike."[11]


  1. ^ "Behaving Badly". Box Office Mojo/CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 23, 2020.
  2. ^ Matheson, Whitney (June 27, 2014). "Photos: See Mary-Louise Parker and others in Behaving Badly". USA Today. Retrieved July 4, 2014.
  3. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (31 July 2012). "Selena Gomez to Star in 'Parental Guidance Suggested'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Selena Gomez "Parental Guidance Suggested" Movie". Disney Dreaming. 3 August 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-11-20. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  5. ^ Browde, Ric (14 June 2014). "The Blockbuster Premiere of Behaving Badly". Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Selena Gomez, Nat Wolff Comedy 'Behaving Badly' Acquired by Vertical Entertainment". 9 April 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Behaving Badly". 9 June 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2017 – via Amazon.
  8. ^ Johns, Nikara (30 July 2014). "Nat Wolff Gets Silly With Cougars, Middle School at 'Behaving Badly' Premiere". Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  9. ^ ""Behaving Badly" Trailer — Offbeat Teen Comedy starring Nat Wolff and Selena Gomez". Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  10. ^ "Behaving Badly". Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  11. ^ "Behaving Badly". Retrieved 7 April 2017.

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