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Making the Grade (1984)

 -  Comedy | Romance | Sport  -  18 May 1984 (USA)
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Lazy preppie Palmer Woodrow hires street-smart Eddie Keaton to go to school for him while he lives it up in Europe. Eddie falls in love with preppie gal Tracey, upsetting Biff, the Hoover ... See full summary »

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Lazy preppie Palmer Woodrow hires street-smart Eddie Keaton to go to school for him while he lives it up in Europe. Eddie falls in love with preppie gal Tracey, upsetting Biff, the Hoover Academy bully. When his bookie from the old neighborhood, Dice, comes to collect on Eddie's gambling debts and Palmer returns early from Europe, the the scheme slowly starts to unravel. Soon, Eddie can't even tell whose side he's really on. Written by Tim Kretschmann <Tim.K@VirComm.com>

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Comedy | Romance | Sport

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Before the closing credits, the film informs you to "watch out" for a sequel coming soon. The producers intended to make a sequel titled "The Tourista" with Judd Nelson's character returning. But due to the poor performance at the box office they scrapped the idea. See more »

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When Eddie is throwing rocks at his girlfriend's window, all of his dialogue is dubbed in as his lips don't move once, all while facing the camera. See more »

Quotes

Palmer Woodrow: What do you recommend?
Caddy: Lessons.
Palmer Woodrow: I meant what club, wise-ass?
Caddy: Aah, if I were you, I'd stick to kicking.
Palmer Woodrow: If you were me, you wouldn't be a caddy.
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Palmer and Eddie will return in Tourista Coming Soon See more »


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Body Talk
Written by Tony Swain, Steve Jolley, Leee John and Ashley Ingram
Performed by Imagination
Courtesy of Red Bus Records
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better than average formula teen flick
19 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

Back in the mid-eighties the movie industry churned out teen comedies trying to capture some of the spark and success of Caddyshack and Animal House. Mostly, they failed. Class, Private School, all of the Revenge of the Nerd flicks, and even the high brow attempts like the John Hughes films, all ended up formulaic, inane, poorly plotted, and silly. Perhaps the only exception is Risky Business which rises above the genre. "Making the Grade", however, is not an exception. It has all the same problems as "Breakfast Club" or "Better Off Dead" or "Sixteen Candles". But if you're in the mood for this kind of movie, I'd pick this one up rather than any of the others. It captures some of the attitudes and styles of the time quite nicely, like when the preppy nerd is trying to teach urban kid Judd Nelson how to dress for prep school. And Dana Olsen is absolutely hysterical, easily stealing the movie, as the obnoxious rich kid hiring Nelson to complete school for him. The movie has some genuinely funny scenes mixed in with the snobs versus slobs formula. Don't expect much, but low expectations are the key to a good time with a movie like this.


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