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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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In the beginning montage there is a picture presumably of Thornton Melon playing golf. The actual picture was of Rodney Dangerfield as Al Czervik in the movie Caddyshack. See more »

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The scenes at the college campus all have the trees in beautiful fall colors except the one in the diving scenes. These trees are all in a healthy summer green. See more »

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Thornton Melon: [after answering 27 parts from one question of the final exam] No more!... I feel like I just gave birth...
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Thornton Melon: ... to an accountant
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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 Wonder Woman (1975) See more »

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Everybody's Crazy
Written by Michael Bolton
Performed by Michael Bolton
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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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