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Rob Lowe (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me), John Cusack (Being John Malkovich) and Andrew McCarthy (St. Elmo's Fire) make their feature film debuts in this hilarious, sexy mixture of "fantasy and farce" (Boxoffice). Co-starring Jacqueline Bisset (Dangerous Beauty) and filled with lusty coeds, "wild times [and] outrageous scenes" (L.A. Movie Guide), this mother of all teen comedies is "pure fantasy for boys of all ages" (Boxoffice)!When wealthy prep-school senior Skip (Lowe) learns that his shy new roommate Jonathan (McCarthy) isa total loser at romance, he sends the aspiring young Romeo to the city to learn the ropesbeforehe ruins both their reputations. But when Jonathan is seduced by a sexy older woman named Ellen (Bisset), he begins a zany romantic miseducation that starts with a double major in lust and deceptionand ends with the uproarious discovery that not only is Ellen the woman of his dreams'she's also Skip's mom!

As rites-of-passage films featuring a young man's sexual initiation in the arms of a beautiful woman go, Class (1983) has plenty going for it, not least its attractive cast: Andrew McCarthy as Jonathan, Rob Lowe as Gatsbyish best friend Skip, and Jacqueline Bisset as the beautiful woman who's old enough to know better and just happens to be Skip's mother.

Lewis John Carlino's film has moments of insight, taking a few well-aimed shots at the vaguely sinister network of private-school life. In the first reel it neatly subverts the bullying scenario that threatens when the geeky Jonathan arrives at the school, while offering the briefly intriguing sight of Lowe in scarlet bra and pants. And there's a subplot of deceit and complicity that both strengthens and threatens the friendship that rapidly forms between Skip and Jonathan. In many ways, though, the most interesting element of the picture--Skip's relationship with his dysfunctional family--is left unexplored. Jonathan's deflowering and subsequent interludes are merely titillating. And Bisset's Ellen, a desperately sad character, becomes superfluous once the revelation that she's the "teacher" sets the boys' friendship on the path to fraternal solidarity. --Piers Ford

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  • Actors: Jacqueline Bisset, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Cliff Robertson, Stuart Margolin
  • Directors: Lewis John Carlino
  • Writers: David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf
  • Producers: Cathleen Summers, David Greenwalt, Jill Chadwick, Jim Kouf, Martin Ransohoff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2000
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y87M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,227 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Class" on IMDb

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Dalton on May 4, 2003
Format: DVD
I remember when, at the age of 12, my babysitter(who strikingly resembled Catherine Mary Stewart)let me watch this film with her about a young college student who had an affair with his roommate's beautiful mother. Having been exposed to the act of lovemaking, ... physical love, or however people describe the emotional and physical act, I was impressed with how the film turned out. It may have an '80's version of the 1967 film The Graduate, but it was a joy to watch. British actress Jacqueline Bisset not only radiates her beauty, but she also radiates someone who is sad, if not depressed. Andrew McCarthy (in his first role) does an excellent job of playing a young man who changes from a nerd type to a suave and debonair ladies man. This film was, in many ways, one of the brat pack films, and starred many actors from that era who were just getting started in the industry. Not only are the ... love scenes between Andrew and Jacqueline convincing, they are beautiful and moving. The rest of the film is also enjoyable to watch. If you enjoyed the era of the 1980's and older, beautiful, and sophisticated women characters, then you'll enjoy this hilarious, if not moving film.
*Andrew McCarthy stated in an interview that he must have been doing something right when he was offered the role. This was after he had filmed his love scenes with Jacqueline Bisset.
*As always, rumors of the love scenes between the two indicated that they were real and not just acting.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By no-to-mitch on June 10, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I saw this film when it first came out, and also saw the Siskel & Ebert review. They both liked the opening bit, but thought the film went rapidly downhill after the first scenes. I remember Roger Ebert complaining about the near-pedophilia depicted by Jacqueline Bisset. I think he missed the point. The story is about the relationship -- the friendship, the bond of love -- between the McCarthy and Lowe characters. Bisset's character obviously had psychological problems, but she did think the boy (McCarthy) was over 21 (so much for charges of pedophilia). The Bisset/McCarthy "romance" sets up the crisis (Lowe discovering that his best friend is sleeping with his mother) which tests the boys' friendship. The climax is the fight, which desolves into a reaffirmation of their freindship. The film is quite funny in places, escpecially in the opening scenes, involves a bit of the coming-of-age spin, and actually has some depth as it explores the development, testing, and survival of friendship. An extra delight in this film is the debut (I think) of John Cusack; small part, but right on the money.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gus Mauro on July 18, 2000
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Definatly one of my fave films from the eighties. A romantic teen comedy dealing with love and sexual expierences. Andrew Mcarthy plays Johnathan a shy introvetrd high school student who attends a posh all boys private school, his roomate Skip Played very well by Rob lowe is the sexually charged playboy who gets the both of them into a lot of trouble. When one night Johnathan is pressured By Skip and fellow peers to go out on the town and have a sexual encounter. After making a fool of himself at seedy bar Johanthan meets an older,viavicous woman by the name of Ellen and the two embark on a passionate night of lovemaking(Especally in the elevator scene)But unknowing to Johanthan the older woman he is sleeping with is the mother to his best friend and roomate Skip. An outragous comedy dealing with a subject people can relate to, The pressures of having sex the need to feel wanted and respected by people around you. It`s not often a story like this is made into a comedy but the producers did a great job in doing so. Both Andrew Mcarthy and Rob Lowe did very well and were belivable in their roles.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By cookieman108 on July 20, 2005
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The mid 80s...sadly, the biggest event during this period in my life was the introduction of cable into my household, and all the cathode tubular promise it held...I actually skipped school one day to stay home and watch The Road was totally worth it, but I'm not recommending any of you youngins' out there to follow my lead...remember, as Mr. T said, `Only a fool skips out on school!'...well, maybe he didn't, but it does sounds like something he'd say, right? As one just coming into his formulative teen years, it afforded me, among other things, the opportunity to see all kinds of naughty, naughty movies (thank you Cinemax, or as we called it, Skinamax) primarily due to the fact this was before the time of programmable parental control features...the only control feature back then was the chance of your mother coming downstairs and beating you silly for watching something she didn't approve of...anyway, this was how I first saw the film Class (1983), a movie I watched again last night for the first time in about 20 years. Directed by Lewis John Carlino (The Great Santini), the film stars Rob Lowe, whom we saw three years earlier dealing with the crisis of being a schoolboy father in an After School Special aptly titled `Schoolboy Father', Andrew McCarthy (St. Elmo's Fire, Mannequin), in his screen debut, and Jacqueline Bisset, who, in my opinion, is responsible for single-handedly introducing the wet T-shirt fad from her role in the film The Deep (1977). Also appearing is Cliff Robertson (Charly, Three Days of the Condor), Alan `Cameron' Ruck (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) along with a number of now famous actors for whom this was their first film, including John Cusack (The Grifters), Virginia Madsen (Electric Dreams), Casey Siemaszko (Biloxi Blues), and Lolita Davidovich (Blaze).Read more ›
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