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Fraternity Vacation (1985)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  12 April 1985 (USA)
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A nerd gains the friendship of two of his frat brothers when his dad offers them his condo for the week in Palm Springs, and also offers the fraternity a hot tub and jacuzzi if they can ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wendell Tvedt
Ashley Taylor
Joe Gillespie
Charles 'Chas' Lawlor III
Larry "Mother" Tucker
J.C. Springer
Nicole Ferret
Chief Ferret
Mrs. Ferret
Millard Tvedt
Julie Payne ...
Naomi Tvedt
Madman Mac


A nerd gains the friendship of two of his frat brothers when his dad offers them his condo for the week in Palm Springs, and also offers the fraternity a hot tub and jacuzzi if they can help his son find a girl. They meet two guys from a rival fraternity, and make a bet on who can nail the Designated Babe first. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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12 April 1985 (USA)  »

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Wendell  »

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Fraternity Vacation was the first movie in which Kathleen Kinmont appeared nude. Perhaps as a bit of handholding it was agreed that Kathleen Kinmont would take off Barbara Crampton's bikini first, as Barbara Crampton had done nude scenes before, and then the now topless Barbara Crampton would take off Kathleen Kinmont's bikini. See more »


When Mother found Chrissie pretending to be pregnant he said. "Let me guess - Joe's pregnant girlfriend." This was a reference to the earlier scene when Chrissie and Marianne played a prank on Mother and Joe by making out with them, but Chrissie was making out with Mother, not Joe. See more »


Chief Ferret: Nelson, call in the National Guard!
Nicole Ferret: Daddy?
Chief Ferret: Not now sweetheart, Daddy's busy.
Nicole Ferret: Let them go!
Chief Ferret: What?
Nicole Ferret: I said let them go, please?
Chief Ferret: Absolutely not! It's out of the question!
Nicole Ferret: If you don't let them go, I will never ever speak to you again!
Chief Ferret: Aw, sweetheart!
Nicole Ferret: ...and I'll marry a Democrat!
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Referenced in Blood Massacre (1991) See more »


Written by Michael Vernon Cooper (as Michael V. Cooper), Felton Pilate
Performed by Con Funk Shun (as Con-Funk-Shun)
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Projects
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Ultimate Cheese-I Love the 80's!
25 January 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Wow, what an impression this movie and other movies like this made on me as a kid. I had thought, "Wow, I can't wait to go to college!" Upon a more recent viewing of this film, it had lost its luster. There are some great moments, for example the arrival to Palm Springs in traffic, which is pretty much dead on accurate, at least compared to Myrtle Beach spring break, even to this day. Unfortunately after that, very little could be considered realistic. The biggest issues I have with this movie are the 35 year old college frat guys, particularly the rich guys who were nothing but a 80's "Biff" device that are not believable in the slightest. These guys not only look 35, they act and dress as if they were 45, even while on spring break?

Also, the fun of the movie turns purely mediocre once the whole tired "bet" sequence begins (haven't we seen this before verbatim?).

Luckily, the ending turns out pretty solid however. One note to mention, the "nerd getting his day", another overused 80's device, is actually done better than average in this movie. One "neat factor" in this movie is seeing Tim Robbins in a role that most people would never believe he was in, but keep in mind that this was before his breakout success in Bull Duram. Heck, if someone offers me a role in a B level spring break movie, I wouldn't turn it down either! The only problem is that I am not 35 yet, and these days you have to be near 30 just to play a high schooler on TV shows (like Smallville) so maybe when I am 40? Overall, this is a fun movie that is best watched with a few beers and some friends, but don't even try to watch this one dead sober!!!

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