Back to School (1986) - Plot Summary Poster


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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?

  • 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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  • Rodney Dangerfield plays Thornton Melon, a mega rich retail magnate who decides to drop everything and go to university to show support for his son, played by Keith Gordon. Along the way, he rubs a business professor the wrong way, tries to rub a sexy literature professor (Sally Kellerman) the right way and meets a post traumatically stressed history instructor played by the late and loud Sam Kinison. When he is not pursuing a higher education, he is encouraging his son to follow in his footsteps as a competitive diver and making a few changes to the party lifestyle at the college.

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