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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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$91,258,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Most of the outdoors scenes at the college where shot on location at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. See more »

Goofs

When Valerie and Chas arrive at the caveman party, the saber-tooth teeth on Valerie's necklace are all pointing outward as normal. In her closeup when she says "Jason said it would be great", the teeth on her left are pointed inward toward her chest. They then return to facing out in the next shot. See more »

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Vanessa: Millicent, you look charming. I love your dress. Don't YOU, Thornton? It's such a LOVELY shade of GREEN.
Thornton Melon: Yeah, if that dress had pockets, you'd look like a pool table. You should try my Tall & Fat stores. No offense.
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In the opening credits, there is a still of Rodney Dangerfield from Caddyshack (1980). See more »

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Back To School
Written by Richard Wolf & Mark Leonard
Produced by Richard Wolf & Mark Leonard
Performed by Jude Cole
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school is cool
1 June 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

In what might be the apex of Rodney Dangerfield's career, he plays boorish millionaire Thornton Melon, finally attending college. The movie is really an excuse for Dangerfield to be a complete goof-off, containing every silly thing imaginable. Possibly the best line is Thornton's comment about Longfellow.

As for the other characters, Keith Gordon does OK as Thornton's son Jason, but Robert Downey Jr. is even neater as Jason's ultra-left-wing friend Derek, who even has a theory about the fascism of football. Sally Kellerman, Burt Young, M. Emmet Walsh, Adrienne Barbeau, Ned Beatty, Sam Kinison and Robert Picardo are all pretty good in their roles (there's even an appearance by Kurt Vonnegut). It's just that this is Rodney Dangerfield's movie all the way. I think that it's quite safe to assert that the Man Who Got No Respect will truly be missed.

A hilarious movie.


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