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After Mel Adler's apartment burns down his son, who harbors some ill will towards him tries to put him in a retirement home. He's also very hard on his son, Jody. He's telling him which college, to which he should go. But when he decides to go where he wants, Mel decides to join him, and when he gets there, he clashes with some of the teachers and finds himself attracted to one of them. Eventually, he learns that he might flunk out so he tries to cram so he can pass.Written by
Art Carney portrays retired 68 year old Mel Adler, whose pleasant existence is shattered due to a fire in his apartment from which he is barely rescued but which destroys his possessions, eventuating his son placing him into a retirement home but, after one day's residence, he is freed in turn by his grandson Jody (Chris Makepeace). Jody persuades a very willing Mel to live with him while the youth begins his first year at a local college where the roommates are enthusiastically accepted by the student body since Mel also enrolls as an undergraduate, but Jody's father tries to avoid giving them assistance as his plans for his son had concentrated upon Jody's attendance at Harvard, with a result that Mel becomes scapegoat for the change of educational venue. The quaintly paired freshmen contend with studies, a struggle not lessened by burgeoning romantic liaisons, Jody with a coed and Mel with his English instructor, while a number of subplots benefits from Carney's superb timing and ad libbing, and also from an intelligently composed script. The film's quality of amiability is never cloying, due in the main to the focussed performance of Carney as a pragmatic elder, and the work benefits as well from the able cinematography of Laszlo George and crisp editing by Ron Wisman for this Disney production utilizing attractive Toronto locations.
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