Chris from a girls' boarding school loves Jim from a nearby boys' boarding school. Jordan also wants Jim and plays dirty. Jim and 2 friends visit the girls' school posing as girls.


Noel Black
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phoebe Cates ... Christine
Betsy Russell ... Jordan
Matthew Modine ... Jim
Michael Zorek ... Bubba
Fran Ryan ... Miss Dutchbok
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Betsy
Ray Walston ... Chauncey
Sylvia Kristel ... Ms. Copuletta
Jonathan Prince ... Roy
Kari Lizer ... Rita
Richard Stahl ... Mr. Flugel
Julie Payne Julie Payne ... Coach Whelan
Frank Aletter ... Mr. Leigh-Jensen
Frances Bay ... Birdie Fallmouth
Bill Wray Bill Wray ... Bandleader


Christine (Phoebe Cates), a student at an exclusive all-girls private school, is in love with Jim, who attends an academy for boys nearby. Christine's arch rival Jordan also has her eye on Jim, and she is willing to do whatever she can to steal him away. Jim's uber-slob buddy Bubba is going with Betsy, Christine's cynical friend, though he would probably be unfaithful if any other woman were willing to get near him. Bubba and his pals sneak into the girls' school dressed in drag in hopes of reaching the Promised Land (better known as the women's shower room), while Christine and Jim run away together for the weekend, though their escapade isn't as romantic as they had hoped. Written by Anonymous

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You won't believe what goes on and what comes off in ... Private School


Comedy | Romance


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The customized Californian license plate of the Rolls Royce vehicle driven by Chauncey (Ray Walston) read "LEI-JEN". See more »


During the riding class, in one shot Jordan can be seen riding with a hat on, topless. In the next shot, the hat is gone and her hair is down. See more »


[first lines]
Christine Ramsey: "Her nipples now so erect they seem to reach out for him. Then, in one quick movement, he took her full inside his mouth." Listen to this.
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Alternate Versions

The TV version adds footage deleted from the theatrical release:
  • A scene of Christine and Jim having dinner at the hotel they've come to lose their virginity at.
  • Shots of Jim and Christine taking turns jogging from their car into a drugstore to buy condoms.
  • The scene at the end where the girls moon Miss Dutchbok is replaced by a shot where the girls moon her wearing their underwear instead.
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Dumb but sexy horny teen flick
13 November 2004 | by rosscinemaSee all my reviews

This is one of those horny teenager films that came out in the 1980's and it's easily just as dumb as most of them but looking at the young cast today this could be interpreted as a curio for this genre. Story is about horny teenagers from two prep schools where the boys and girls engage in raucous behavior from peering into windows to sneaking into showers. The girls side is Cherryvale and the boys Freemount and we see Jim Green (Matthew Modine) who dates Christine Ramsey (Phoebe Cates) and she has decided to give her virginity up and books a room in a cheap Mexican hotel.


Jim's friend Bubba (Michael Zorek) takes bets on the event but he also wants to try and score with the sexy Jordan (Betsy Russell) who is jealous of the fact that Christine and Jim have a solid relationship going on although he and Bubba dress up as woman and sneak into Cherryvale. The Dean is Miss Dutchbok (Fran Ryan) who tries to keep the shenanigans down to a limit but she gets caught in the back of a limo with a chauffeur (Ray Walston) with their lovemaking broadcast over an intercom system!

This film is directed by Noel Black who in 1968 made the terrific "Pretty Poison" but since then he has worked primarily in television and his feature film efforts were regulated to low budget sex romps like this. It would be easy to just unload one bad remark after another for a film like this but that would be too easy and instead I look back at this as something that was a trend and if you compare them with the few horny teen films that are made today you'll see how different they are. The abundance of nudity was actually the norm during this period and actress Betsy Russell has three nude scenes in the first 30 minutes and the scene of her riding the horse topless has gone on to be infamous. The familiar cast is also another reason to check this out and along with Modine, Cates, and Russell is Kathleen Wilhoite, Sylvia Kristel and Brinke Stevens in the shower scene. For trivia there are two things to point out like the fact that Cates sings two songs on the soundtrack and is actually pretty good and the other is that Paula Abdul was the choreographer for the outdoor calisthenics/dance sequence. I'm not really recommending this to anyone because this is one of those films that audiences can make up their minds about on their own but maybe my comments point out a few things to help others decide if they want to venture out and view this.

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Release Date:

29 July 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Private School... for Girls See more »


Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,411,861, 31 July 1983

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1.85 : 1
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