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Making the Grade (1984)

R | | Comedy, Romance | 18 May 1984 (USA)
A spoiled rich young man hires a young hustler, who lives in a broken car and owes money to a dicey loan shark, to take his place in his elite prep school and graduate for him.

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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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The full name and title of Palmer (Dana Olsen) was Palmer Woodrow the Third. See more »

Goofs

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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Shakin' in My Shoes
Written by Jon Astrop and Philip Saatchi
Performed by Tunes
Courtesy of Goldfish Records
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If you are a Judd Nelson fan....
3 September 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

If any of you remember John Bender from The Breakfast Club, then Eddie Keaton of Making the Grade will seem familiar. They are similar, except that John Bender has more depth. Making the Grade is a silly, sometimes funny, parody of the "Preppy" Lifestyle. It makes fun of everything from wearing no socks, to the bright, peppy colors. It's an all around funny movie. This is Judd's first movie, and I recommend it to all of you who enjoy his work. For those of you who don't, I suggest you watch it anyway, and make an opinion for yourself...! *+*Anna*+*


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