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Back to School (1986)

PG-13  |   |  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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13 June 1986 (USA)  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)


$91,258,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


The erotic reading performed by Dr. Turner (Sally Kellerman) at the beginning of her literature class is from the ending of the James Joyce novel, Ulysses. See more »


When Thornton makes his first dive of the movie, he exits the pool on the ladder and there is clearly a cut in the film. He exits the pool dry, no water dripping anywhere. See more »


Derek: That's Valerie Desmond. Look how tight her ass is today.
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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 Gary Skardina & Linda Goldner Perry
Performed by Jude Cole
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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.

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