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Back to School (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Sport | 13 June 1986 (USA)
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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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$91,258,000 (USA)
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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

When the song "Everybody's Crazy" is playing at the caveman party, the record playing on the turntable has an MCA label, despite the fact that that song was released by Columbia Records. See more »

Quotes

Jason Melon: Dad, why don't join me on a little reality break, ok? Just cuz you're in love with Dr. Turner, that does NOT mean you're gonna pass her course. Now, you got a major paper comin' up on Kurt Vonnegut. You haven't even read any of the books.
Thornton Melon: I tried...
[knock on door]
Thornton Melon: I don't understand a word of it.
Jason Melon: [going to the door] So, how you gonna write the paper then, huh?
[Jason opens the door to see Kurt Vonnegut standing there]
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.: [removing his hat] Hi, I'm Kurt Vonnegut. I'm looking for Thornton Melon.
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In the opening credits, there is a still of Rodney Dangerfield from Caddyshack (1980). See more »

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.8 (2009) See more »

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Everybody's Crazy
Written by Michael Bolton
Performed by Michael Bolton
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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good natured with a lot of laughs.
18 December 2001 | by (Kimberling City, MO.) – See all my reviews

I love Rodney Dangerfield. Always have. His one-liners, and all-around smartass attitude have made him a living legend and he never fails to crack me up. Back to School is a great example of what he can do and I never get tired of watching it. Keith Gordon is great as his son and Robert Downey Jr. is pretty hysterical as his best bud. The ever-reliable Burt Young is a lot of fun as Dangerfield's limo-driver/best friend and he does his duty at supplying the laughs.

It's a shame that more people haven't seen this. I believe that it's one of Rodney's best. It's got a great premise, an outstanding cast, and the laughs are nonstop.


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