Back to School

1986

Action / Comedy / Romance / Sport

10
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 84%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 68%
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 23525

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Robert Downey Jr. as Derek Lutz
Burt Young as Lou
Rodney Dangerfield as Thornton Melon
Adrienne Barbeau as Vanessa
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Reviewed by Benedito Dias Rodrigues 7 / 10

What's world you lives...Fantasy Island???

Certainly the best Rodney Dangerfield's comedy,every single moment your have a gag,in every comment,he really is factory of new ideas,improvising all the time,such line as "l love teachers","they are my nieces","what's world you live...Fantasy Island??" Rows of endless smart gags....even given a pizza to the monkeys...besides from some scenes are contrived like jumping in the swimming pool and few more,the casting are superb,mainly the young Robert Downey Jr,unfortunately this comedy didn't come out yet in Brazil.

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First watch: 1989 / How many: 3 / Source: TV-DVD-R / Rating: 7

Reviewed by richspenc 9 / 10

Great classic 1980s

This was definitely one of my numerous childhood memory movies from the 1980s along with "Back to the future", "The breakfast club", "Ferris bueler", "Caddyshack", The "Karate kid" films, and the "National Lampoon vacation" films. And many others.

"Back to School" and Rodney Dangerfield went together like cake and icing. The movie would obviously not been the same without him, it would've then been another quirky raunchy college comedy.

I liked Rodney's (Thorton Melon's) tough friend Lou (Burt Young, who also played a tough "you better not mess with me" character in "Rocky"). Lou didn't hesitate to take care of a bully picking fights in a bar. Even Thornton's son's friend Robert Downey Jr. cries to Lou during the fight "where you been Lou? I've been getting my a** kicked all over this bar!" Downey did toughen up some in later years, but not always in good ways.

Thornton's son Jason was played by Keith Gordon, another one-hit wonder actor that I never remembered from any other movies. Jason complains how he only got onto the diving team and the fraternity because Pops bought his way onto it all, which was true. Before that, he was no one special to anyone really and shared a little dorm room with his only friend Downy. Jason didn't make the team due to the coach (Emett Walsh) saying he wasn't that good. Rodney has Jason dive doing the "two and a half", which does flawlessly, causing the coach to reconsider his opinion. Thorton also reminds him about his legendary dive "the triple lindy", which the coach once saw not knowing it was Thorton.

Thornton was a man with money from owning his "Tall and fat" stores ("well, you're short and ugly" Thornton tells a wise** kid who points out that he's "Tall and fat"). Thornton really did buy a lot of Jason's newfound success, including hiring a work team to do his and Jason's homework, much to Jason's dispair and his dad then retorting "kids, they always wanta do it the hard way". Also a funny joke is that Thorton hires 'the' Kurt Vahnaghan himself to write his term paper on Kurt Vahnaghan, leading to another funny joke when Thornton's told by sultry teacher Sally Kellerman that "whoever wrote that paper doesn't know the first thing on Kurt Vahnaghan".

Thorton takes a "drinks for everybody" approach at the university, according to Roger Ebert. That he does. He buys everybody's schoolbooks who's present at the college store, he hires staff to do his and Jason's homework, he hires Oinga Boinga themselves to perform live at his frat house party (and pays the police to bring the beer, much to stuffy teacher Paxton Whithead's dismay), and he dedicates a wing at the college to himself while getting dirt thrown on Paxton with the ceremonial shovel.

Thorton paying Jason's way also gets attention of the obnoxious William Zabka character, he tells Jason at the swim meet "your father already bought your way onto the swim team, I'm sure he bought off the judges too". Zabka does not play the same kind of menacing bully in this movie that he played in "Karate kid" and "Just one of the guys". Here he plays more of a yuppie snob, and Jason is actually the one that punches him, and Zabka never even hits him back or comes back onto him later about it. It was kinda like the tables had turned here on Zabka.

I also like the classroom scenes and still find them funny. The late Sam Kinneson going "Ahhhhhhh!!!! Aaaaaahhhh!!!!". The sultry Kellerman (who Thorton very keenly starts dating) who reads a romantic poem with Thorton almost unknowingly standing up in class saying aloud " yes!! yes!!!" Then the stuffy Paxton Whithead's business class teaching how to build a business from the ground up and Thorton, who has a lot of hands on experience in the business world and is rich "Tall and fat" business owner himself, corrects Paxton making him look bad at every turn. Also is the "what's a widget?" line. Answer being "a fictional product, it doesn't matter". They should've waited another 20-30 years to mention that one in the world of the internet. No longer a fictional product and widgets do matter.

Reviewed by dworldeater 10 / 10

80's comedy classic, one of my favorites

Oh man, Back To School is one of my most watched comedies from the 80's era. This is the film that transformed Rodney Dangerfield from stand up comedy guy to a comedic actor and star. This is one of his finest performances in front of the big screen and Back To School made a lot of money. With the solid direction of Alan Meter, the screen writing by Harold Ramis and an excellent supporting cast, Back To School is a non stop party from start to finish, but also a solid well made movie that holds up after repeated viewings. In my opinion, this is Dangerfield's best film by far and the incredible support cast of Sally Kellerman (as Rodney's love interest), the criminally underrated Keith Gordon(as his son, and Keith always gave a memorable performance and good in everything I have seen him in),Burt Young,Ned Beatty, M Emmet Walsh,William Zapka(who previously was seen as a bully in The Karate Kid and Just One Of The Guys), the lovely Terry Farrell, an early performance from Hollywood wildman Robert Downey Jr. Plus cameos from maniac comedian Sam Kinison, Adrienne Barbeau and Kurt Vonnegut appearing as himself. Back To School is a great film and cinematic gold, an absolute comedy classic.

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