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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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Registration starts Friday, June 13, at theaters everywhere.

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13 June 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mach's nochmal, Dad  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$91,258,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. played himself in a cameo for the film in which he is hired by Thornton Melon to write a paper on the topic of the novels of Kurt Vonnegut. As a joke, recognizing the work as not Melon's own, Professor Turner tells him, "Whoever did write this doesn't know the first thing about Kurt Vonnegut." See more »

Goofs

When Thornton and Lou are making the Bruce Springsteen sign, the student at the table is supposed to be writing on a poster but the marker is clearly not touching the paper. See more »

Quotes

[after Thornton Melon's run-in with a showering sorority girl]
Security Guard: Perfectly understandable, Mr. Melon. It was an honest mistake. Let's just call it a a bad day...
Thornton Melon:
  • but a great view! You're all right, officer. Here, a little something for the kids.



[hands officer cash]
Security Guard: I don't have any kids.
Thornton Melon: No kids? Well, get yourself some kids. Take it all.
[hands officer more cash]
Thornton Melon: And just remember, the best thing about kids... is making them!
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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 »

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References Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) See more »

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Twist And Shout
Written by Bert Berns & Phil Medley
Performed by The Beatles
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How great would it be to have Rodney Dangerfield in your class!
7 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

A funny post-Animal House college film with a pretty distinguished cast. In addition to Dangerfield, who is terrific as usual, we also get to see Sally Kellerman, Burt Young, Ned Beatty, and an introduction to the brilliance of Robert Downey Jr. who is unforgettable as Derek Lutz. Although the movie is silly, lacking any convincing realism or plot, it is nontheless wonderful fun...especially if you are a Dangerfield fan. His rendition of "Twist and Shout" is a classic. And the scene at registration where his chauffeur Lou, played by the redoubtable Young, is priceless when he holds up a sign by the limo with Bruce Springstein's name on it and all the students rush out to mob the car while Dangerfield, his son, his son's love interest, and Lutz have the pick of classes.

Generally good viewing when you want a brainless, fun night.


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