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Private School (1983)

Christine (Phoebe Cates), a student at an exclusive all-girls private school, is in love with Jim, who attends an academy for boys nearby. Christine's arch rival Jordan also has her eye on ... See full summary »

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Jim
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Bubba
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Miss Dutchbok
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Betsy
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Chauncey
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Ms. Copuletta
Jonathan Prince ...
Roy
Kari Lizer ...
Rita
Richard Stahl ...
Mr. Flugel
Julie Payne ...
Coach Whelan
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Mr. Leigh-Jensen
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Birdie Fallmouth
Bill Wray ...
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Christine (Phoebe Cates), a student at an exclusive all-girls private school, is in love with Jim, who attends an academy for boys nearby. Christine's arch rival Jordan also has her eye on Jim, and she is willing to do whatever she can to steal him away. Jim's uber-slob buddy Bubba is going with Betsy, Christine's cynical friend, though he would probably be unfaithful if any other woman were willing to get near him. Bubba and his pals sneak into the girls' school dressed in drag in hopes of reaching the Promised Land (better known as the women's shower room), while Christine and Jim run away together for the weekend, though their escapade isn't as romantic as they had hoped. Written by Anonymous

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You won't believe what goes on and what comes off in ... Private School

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Comedy | Romance

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29 July 1983 (USA)  »

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Private School... for Girls  »

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Trivia

Debut theatrical feature film as an actress of Paula Abdul who appears uncredited as a cheer leader. See more »

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During the beach scene with Jim (Matthew Modine) and Chris (Phoebe Cates), gaffers tape is visible on Phoebe's left breast. See more »

Quotes

Betsy: I want you to know I like a lot of, whatchamacallit, foreplay.
Bubba: [after massaging Betsy's boobs for a second] Is that enough?
Betsy: I guess so.
[they start making out passionately]
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Featured in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Robin Williams (1991) See more »

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All The Time
Performed by Earl Klugh
Composed by Earl Klugh
Published by Accoustic Lady Music, Inc.
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The Citizen Kane of 80s sex comedies.
1 April 2007 | by (Omaha, NE USA) – See all my reviews

In a genre that gave us many enjoyable films, Private School may well be the best of the bunch. There is something truly irresistible about a film that sets out only to entertain its audience. There is no hidden agenda or deeper meaning or political motives here. The people who created this gem intended only to make us smile and show us some skin and make a little money in the process. Some days, isn't that all a guy really needs? It's about time this one came out on DVD! The film deals with the social interactions between girls from Cherryvale and the young men from the nearby Freemount Academy. Of course when I say "social interaction" I mean sex. Simply put, the guys are trying to either score with the ladies, or at least get a good Polaroid of them coming out of the shower. The film has a serious undercurrent in how it deals with the relationship between Christine Ramsey (Phoebe Cates) and Jim Green (Matthew Modine). They are trying to lose their virginity under the best possible circumstances, but there are of course complications and misunderstandings. Christine's next door neighbor, the lovely and talented Betsy Russell, is out to steal Jim for herself using methods that would certainly grab any young man's attention. The resulting action plays out in the most satisfactory of ways.

Private School scores on many fronts. The cast which contains many recognizable faces puts as much into their roles as they've done in any other films. The soundtrack featuring Phoebe Cates singing on two different tracks is much better than you would expect, as well. There is tons of random nudity so you will get your money worth in that department.

Curiously enough, there is no DVD commentary by any of the actors in this film. Wouldn't it be fun to hear what Matthew Modine would think today about this early role in his distinguished career? And Martin Mull may have been hiding behind a beard for his little three minute cameo, but the appearance was well-appreciated! He must have snuck this little bit part in between takes of Mr. Mom that year.

For those who may question the logic of the Hound giving all ten stars to this film: Heck, that scene with Betsy Russell topless on the horse was worth eight stars by itself!!! 10 of 10 stars.

The Hound.


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