A high-school gym teacher has big plans for the summer, but is forced to cancel them to teach a "bonehead" English class for misfit goof-off students. Fortunately, his unconventional brand ... See full summary »
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
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Bob Saget was briefly considered for the role of Professor Turgeson due to his friendship with Rodney Dangerfield, however Dangerfield did not feel that he was hard-edged and shocking enough to portray the character. He then suggested to director Alan Metter, Sam Kinison for the role, and it was eventually given to him. See more »
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 »
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 »
Revenge of the 80's:The reinvention of Rodney Dangerfield continues..
Back to School (1986) was a surprise hit for stand up comedian actor Rodeny Dangerfield. After making a big impression with audiences with his spot in the golf comedy Caddyshack and a lead role in Easy Money, his star was slowly rising. But it was this film that cemented his spot in American pop culture as a true icon of the 80's and a transition star.
Rodney stars as Thorton Melon (nee Meloni) a successful entrepreneur who had to drop out of school when he was younger to take care of the family business. Years later his son is in college but feel dissatisfied with life in general. After a series of comical events, Mr. Melon decides to visit his son's exclusive university to see how he's really doing. Along the way he decides to give book learning a try.
A very enjoyable film. Rodney Dangerfield made the transaction from a stand-up act to an actor. The director wisely let him improvise his dialog and work in some of his material into the movie. The cast features Sally Kellerman, Robert Downey Jr., Keith Gordon, Burt Young, Terry Farrell and guest star slots for Adrienne Barbeau and Ned Beatty.
Not a masterpiece by any means but an enjoyable film none the less. Recommended, especially on a slow Sunday afternoon.
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