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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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Bif
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Dice (as Andrew Clay)
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Blimp (as Daniel Schneider)
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Lucile Doan Ewing ...
Mrs. Hoover (as Lucille Ewing)
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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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Palmer Woodrow III earned his diploma the old-fashioned way. He hired Eddie Keaton to graduate for him. See more »

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Comedy | Romance | Sport

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18 May 1984 (USA)  »

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Palmer Woodrow (Dana Olsen)'s credo was: "I'm rich, I don't have to be nice". 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

Caddy: Ladies and gentlemen, it looks like, yes it is! It's slicing toward the elm trees!
Palmer Woodrow: Who are you, Curt fucking Gowdy?
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Palmer and Eddie will return in Tourista Coming Soon See more »

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Spoofs Staying Alive (1983) See more »

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Come If You Want To
Written by Michael Linn and Richard Kraft
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Most Overlooked Comedy of the 80s
13 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one fantastic movie. It is still funny 20 plus years later. It is a shame they never made Tourista, the sequel to Making the Grade. Sure it is a 80s movie with all of the usual 80s fare, but it is worth watching. There are funny things in the background throughout the movie as well as great lines that you barely hear.

For any comedy to be great, it needs at least one character that stands out. Judd Nelson was not character. He was overshadowed by the real Palmer Woodrow III, Dana Olsen. This as well as the money problems at the corporate level are probably why Tourista wasn't made. With the additions of Gordon Jump from WKRP in Cincinnati and Andrew Dice Clay, this movie will make you laugh. The Dice man actually does a good job in this movie. I know, I was shocked as well. In realistic terms, it isn't the greatest comedy of all time. However, it is a personal favorite, and you should enjoy it too.

It is now on DVD, so get out there and watch it. See it soon!


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