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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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Comedy | Romance | Sport

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$91,258,000 (USA)
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A husband-and-wife screenwriting team claimed they wrote the basic plot of the movie in their screenplay Second Season, which they submitted to Orion Pictures in 1979. Alan Metter sued Orion for not paying him all he said he was due. Rodney Dangerfield later counter-sued for suing without reasonable cause. Casting director Caro Jones sued the producers and said she did not receive full pay or the proper screen credit. See more »

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While there is a clear diving double for Rodney Dangerfield, there is too big of a difference to be accidental, it is clearly a joke. See more »

Quotes

Thornton Melon: [sees a naked women taking a shower after opening the curtain mistakenly] ... I didn't see anything.
[opens the curtain again]
Thornton Melon: ... Honey, you're perfect.
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In the opening credits, there is a still of Rodney Dangerfield from Caddyshack (1980). 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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Typical 80's fun
13 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

I don't think that Rodney Dangerfield is funny all the time, but in this comedy he delivers perfectly. He fits perfectly it the role of a rich, successful businessman who starts college to achieve a certificate, which he doesn't have. The way he does this in his own, relaxing and laid back-style is great and really funny. A very cool plot indeed, that's for sure. The movie is full of great fun and has many exciting moments in it, so I suggest that everyone check this out for themselves to experience that. The last scene on the diving board is especially great. Totally hilarious, and I laughed all the way through it.


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