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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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Trivia

The soundtrack was only released in LP format, but the score was later released with selections from the score of Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) on CD. See more »

Goofs

During the final scene, Thornton Melon gives a speech as a freshman for the graduating seniors. Even though he never attended college before, he is wearing not only graduation robes, but doctoral robes. As part of his generous donation, however, he may have been bestowed an honorary degree. See more »

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[Thornton has his feet on a chair in Dean's Office]
Dean Martin: [trying to drop a hint] Are you comfortable?
Thornton Melon: Oh, I'm fine, yeah... Oh, the chair! Oh, I'm sorry.
[proceeds to put his feet on the Dean's desk]
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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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How great would it be to have Rodney Dangerfield in your class!
7 January 2001 | by (Miami, FL.) – 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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