MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 2,081 this week

Back to School (1986)

 -  Comedy | Romance | Sport  -  13 June 1986 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 19,116 users  
Reviews: 74 user | 22 critic

To help his discouraged son get through college, a funloving and obnoxious rich businessman decides to enter the school as a student himself.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (story), 6 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 10 Mar 2011
 
a list of 26 titles
created 19 Feb 2013
 
a list of 48 titles
created 08 Jun 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 24 Jun 2013
 
a list of 24 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Back to School" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Back to School (1986)

Back to School (1986) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Back to School.
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Easy Money (1983)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

To inherit his mother-in-law's colossal fortune, a hard living, gambling addict must change his unhealthy ways before it gets the best of him.

Director: James Signorelli
Stars: Rodney Dangerfield, Joe Pesci, Geraldine Fitzgerald
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Walter C. Miller
Stars: Rodney Dangerfield, Jeff Altman, Roseanne Barr
Caddyshack (1980)
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher.

Director: Harold Ramis
Stars: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

It's recruiting time and despite being short and scrawny, Johnny Walker is America's hottest young football prospect. His dilemma: should he take one of the many offers from college talent ... See full summary »

Director: Bud S. Smith
Stars: Anthony Michael Hall, Robert Downey Jr., Paul Gleason
Rented Lips (1988)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

A documentary filmmaker, who has spent the last 15 years making films like "Aluminum: Our Shiny Friend," is finally given the chance to make the documentary on Indian farming he has always ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Downey Sr.
Stars: Martin Mull, Dick Shawn, Jennifer Tilly
Baby It's You (1983)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In 1966 New Jersey, Jill Rosen, a frustrated high schooler, is intrigued by an enigmatic new student known only as the Sheik. Sheik is an Italian whose primary interests are his car, Frank ... See full summary »

Director: John Sayles
Stars: Rosanna Arquette, Vincent Spano, Joanna Merlin
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Wally Sparks is a tabloid TV show reporter who's trying to boost ratings on his show. He goes to the governor's mansion to uncover a sex scandal.

Director: Peter Baldwin
Stars: Rodney Dangerfield, Debi Mazar, David Ogden Stiers
Ladybugs (1992)
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

To climb the corporate ladder to success, a guy agrees to coach the company's all girl soccer team with the help of his secret weapon: his fiancee's son.

Director: Sidney J. Furie
Stars: Rodney Dangerfield, Jackée Harry, Jonathan Brandis
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

An Angel Level 1 named George Burns wants to be reunited with his long lost love, Gracie Allen, who resides at Level 6. In order to do so he is sent on a mission by God to save a big time ... See full summary »

Director: Edmund Lane
Stars: Julie Carmen, Frank Gorshin, Edmund Lane
True Believer (1989)
Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A cynical former civil liberties attorney now reduced to "specializing" in defending drug dealers becomes transformed by an eight-year-old murder case.

Director: Joseph Ruben
Stars: James Woods, Robert Downey Jr., Margaret Colin
America (1986)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

The zany crew of a New York cable TV station accidentally bounce a signal off the moon, bringing them worldwide attention.

Director: Robert Downey Sr.
Stars: Zack Norman, Tammy Grimes, Michael J. Pollard
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Faux documentary about a fictional Hollywood film studio.

Director: Harry Hurwitz
Stars: Tony Randall, James Coco, Jerry Stiller
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Lou
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Severn Darden ...
...
...
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Registration starts Friday, June 13, at theaters everywhere.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 June 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mach's nochmal, Dad  »

Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$91,258,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(prologue)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Rodney Dangerfield always looked out for younger comedic talents. He was a big proponent for Sam Kinison's part as a crazed professor in Back to School. They also considered Jim Carrey, but he was rejected as too young. Later when producer Chuck Russell got the chance to direct The Mask (1994), he was finally able to use Jim Carrey, transforming the Mask from a "very dark horror film" to a comedy. See more »

Goofs

At the final dive meet Coach Turnbull is wearing a striped knit tie, while he is at the judges table explaining that Thornton is an eligible member of the dive team, the stripes on the knot of his tie change. See more »

Quotes

Thornton Melon: With the shape I'm in you could donate my body to science fiction.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The end credits begin with the message: "For Estelle. Thanks so much." This is a dedication to Estelle Endler, Rodney Dangerfield's manager and one of the executive producers of the film, who died during production. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Caddyshack II (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Dead Man's Party
Written by Danny Elfman & Steve Bartek
Performed by Oingo Boingo
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Rodney You're a Genius!!!
7 April 2005 | by (Nelson, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Without Rodney Dangerfield this movie would be in the bottom 100 for sure. However with Rodney Dangerfield (in my opinion) it should be considered for the top 75 comedies of all time.

Lines like "I like teachers. If you do something wrong they make you do it again" are what carry this movie. There's not a lot of them but when they do pop-up they're hilarious.

I do believe the director and producers made a mistake not taking Jim Carrey on for the role of the History Teacher because he was too young, because it wasn't a believable kind of movie any way. I must say though that the man who did play the History Teacher did a great job and seeing him teaching was one of the best parts of the movie.

So if your into comedies or a Rodney fan don't be put off by how old this movie is like I was because its age, if anything, makes the movie even better.


27 of 35 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why was Diane so upset? shiftydave77
Love that sandwich he makes in the beginning tmarchetta
Back to School Test grammarbitch
Did Chaz fake the cramp? jaltenbu
Dorm Room Remodel fourstringdrums
being remade, shoot me dead kjhobbs9
Discuss Back to School (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page