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Back to School (1986)

 -  Comedy | Romance | Sport  -  13 June 1986 (USA)
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To help his discouraged son get through college, a funloving and obnoxious rich businessman decides to enter the school as a student himself.

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Millionaire businessman Thornton Melon is upset when his son Jason announces that he is not sure about going to college. Thornton insists that college is the best thing he never had for himself, and to prove his point, he agrees to enroll in school along with his son. Thornton is a big hit on campus: always throwing the biggest parties, knowing all the right people, but is this the way to pass college? Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Registration starts Friday, June 13, at theaters everywhere.

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Alice Cooper's song "The Great American Success Story" (on the album 'Constrictor') was apparently intended to be the theme song. Its lyrics summarize the plot and include "he don't get no respect", and the chorus leads off with the phrase "back to school." The song was not used in the film, and there is no mention of the connection in the liner notes of the album. See more »

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When Chas and Valerie first show up at the caveman party, a girl in a pink outfit passes them and leaves the room. The scene then goes to a wide shot of the party, and the girl in pink is sitting on the couch. When it cuts back to Chas and Valerie, they walk into the room and past the couch, where there is no sign of the girl in pink. See more »

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Thornton Melon: What lovely girls. How would you like a life of luxury and deceit?
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In the opening credits, there is a still of Rodney Dangerfield from Caddyshack (1980). See more »

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References Macbeth (1948) See more »

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Twist And Shout
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good natured with a lot of laughs.
18 December 2001 | by (Kimberling City, MO.) – See all my reviews

I love Rodney Dangerfield. Always have. His one-liners, and all-around smartass attitude have made him a living legend and he never fails to crack me up. Back to School is a great example of what he can do and I never get tired of watching it. Keith Gordon is great as his son and Robert Downey Jr. is pretty hysterical as his best bud. The ever-reliable Burt Young is a lot of fun as Dangerfield's limo-driver/best friend and he does his duty at supplying the laughs.

It's a shame that more people haven't seen this. I believe that it's one of Rodney's best. It's got a great premise, an outstanding cast, and the laughs are nonstop.


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