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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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Comedy | Romance | Sport

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Mach's nochmal, Dad  »

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$91,258,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Diane's house is the same as used for the Doyle house where Jamie Lee Curtis babysat in Halloween (1978) . See more »

Goofs

When Chas and Valerie first show up at the caveman party, a girl in a pink outfit passes them and leaves the room. The scene then goes to a wide shot of the party, and the girl in pink is sitting on the couch. When it cuts back to Chas and Valerie, they walk into the room and past the couch, where there is no sign of the girl in pink. See more »

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[watching his TV commercial]
Thornton Melon: Lou, did you see the new spot?
Lou: Yeah, I seen it.
Thornton Melon: Do I look fat in it?
Lou: You could lose a couple of pounds.
Thornton Melon: I've gotta get bigger actors.
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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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I'll Never Forget Your Face
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Classic Rodney about to be Cut to Ribbons
19 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is as classic (though campy) as Rodney gets. I just had to comment ahead of time that any remake of this, especially one involving Cedric the Entertainer, cannot possibly live up to the original.

I'm really tired of Hollywood trying to win over the hip-hoppy, shallow culture by instilling Cedrick the Entertainer in this remake-to-be when the original was done by a classic entertainer. What's next...a remake of Animal House with P-Diddy as Bluto (or whatever he calls himself these days)? Rodney is already turning over in his grave knowing how bad the remake is going to be. Somewhere up there I hope he can convince God to strike the set with thunderous bolts of lightning and 14 inch hailstones. Can't Hollywood leave well enough alone? Rodney, now that you're dead....they give you even less respect!


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