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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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Palmer Woodrow III earned his diploma the old-fashioned way. He hired Eddie Keaton to graduate for him. See more »

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The film's music budget before composer Basil Poledouris was brought on board was a paltry five thousand-dollars, which was completely used on a composer who was rejected by the producers for the project. Soon after Poledouris was hired, Cannon films had "mysteriously" come up with more money for the music budget. See more »

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The girl school mixer band's rendition of My Sharona in no way corresponds to the band's physical movements. There is not even anyone singing when the vocals are being heard. See more »

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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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Far From Over
Written by Frank Stallone and Vince DiCola
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"A manly laugh, for manly men such as we."
17 November 2016 | by (Serbia) – See all my reviews

"Making the Grade" chronicles the mishaps of that zany group, Palmer, Eddie, and the charismatic Dice, as they trapse throughout Hoover prep in search of love, money, and those last 11 minutes on the hour. In addition, the sound track by Shandi brings such incredible emotional swells that one can only be reduced to tears. The two songs by Shandi were great. One thing I couldn't understand was the Jonna Lee appeal. Her character and she herself were boring. The plot of the movie was complicated enough to be funny but not so convoluted that we were scratching our heads trying to figure it out. The coach and the Diceman (in his first appearance as his alter ego) were amusing too. Judd Nelson and Dana Olsen were so great in this movie that I really wish a sequel had been made. And a soundtrack. This movie is silly for sure but good fun and a definite 80's classic. Even if you aren't a fan of 80's B-movie genre, you find a lovable cast carving out shards of humanity in a humanistic drama wrought by cunning deception and vengeful greed. It's also a great educational film.

Overall rating: 7 out of 10.


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