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  • Actors: Phoebe Cates, Betsy Russell, Matthew Modine, Michael Zorek, Fran Ryan
  • Directors: Noel Black
  • Writers: Dan Greenburg, Suzanne O'Malley
  • Producers: R. Ben Efraim, Don Enright
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • 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: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00049QJBG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,182 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Private School" on IMDb

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Private School is where kids leave parents behind, and learn what growing up is really about. It's a romantic comedy from the same people who brought you the hilarious Private Lessons. Starring Phoebe Cates, with a special appearance by sensuous Sylvia Kristel as the sex education teacher whose classes are the best attended on campus. Chris Ramsay (Cates) and Jim Green (Matthew Modine) are experiencing the joys and pains of first love. She goes to the Cherryvale Academy-he attends nearby Freemount. When Chris gets a rival for Jim's affections, it sparks off a battle royale of zany pranks that turn both schools upside down with laughter. Private School features a soundtrack of hits from artists like the Stray Cats, Vanity Six, Bow-Wow-Wow and Rick Springfield.

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Take Animal House, throw in a dose of television's Bosom Buddies and you get the Phoebe Cates/Matthew Modine sex farce Private School. The 1983 film was shot one year after Cates won fame in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (thanks primarily to her little red bikini), and two years before Modine won rave reviews for his work in Vision Quest. While neither star gives a stellar performance in Private School, both are appealing and likeable, even with the ridiculous premise. Chris (Cates) attends an all-girls private school, while horndog Jim (Modine) matriculates at the nearby all-boys school. In order to get close to her, Jim and his friend dress up like girls and befriend Chris and her hot posse. When Chris' sexy rival Jordan (Betsy Russell) tries to woo Jim away by riding a horse, Lady Godiva style, the stage is set for a catfight. Throw in a guest appearance by Sylvia Kristel of Emmanuelle fame and double entendres abound. The soundtrack is full of songs by '80s staples such as Rick Springfield, Vanity Six, and Bow Wow Wow, whose "I Want Candy" is played throughout a peeping shower scene. Though cheesy and intended for teenage boys, the film has an almost innocent charm compared to some of the current fare in theaters. --Jae-Ha Kim

Customer Reviews

Phoebe Cates was one of my favorite actresses.
latin_angel
I saw this movie back when it was released and if you love movies like Porky's and Fast Times and Valey Girl..(another good one)..then you will love this movie.
J. Velasquez
The Movie is sorta like Porky's(And Please note Porky's IS WAY Better.)
Jose Lopez

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72 of 78 people found the following review helpful By "helms8" on July 20, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
If you're looking for gratuitous T&A, this is one of the best of all time. Betsy Russell in this movie might quite possibly be the most stunning performance by any actress ever. Her bareback horseriding scene, the seduction scene, and the stained clothes so I better take them off and let them soak scene are all nothing short of awe inspiring. Add that to a bunch or other bombshell schoolgirls walking around naked (the shower scene is just... wow), plus the fact you've got Phoebe Cates staring and I don't know what more you could ask for in this type of movie. Plotwise it's also pretty amusing with many laugh out load moments (although it's hard to stay focused on that with what you're looking at).
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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Carlos on March 12, 2007
Format: DVD
I have fond memories of being a horny 13 year old and catching Private School on cable back in the mid-80's and it had always been a movie I longed to see have a DVD release. Well...that day has finally arrived and I'm here to tell you that I must have been dumb as a rock at 13 cuz Private School might be one of the worst pieces of drek to crawl out of the 80's teen sex comedy toilet you'll ever see...and it's wonderful. See, movies can sometimes be an entirely subjective thing if you have memories attatched to them. Viewing this film nearly 25 years later I was instantly transported back to my teenage years and I spent more time reminiscing about the 80's, my first crush, the kids I hung out with, etc. than paying attention to the flick. That's not a bad thing really. The script is atrocious, the actors are painfully unfunny (especially the guy who plays Bubba who I recall stinking up a lot of these teen movies) and the cheese-ometer gets cranked up a few notches when a song sung by Phoebe Cates plays over a montage that makes Baywatch look classy.

Which brings me to Phoebe Cates...the sole reason this film even exists. Has there ever been another actress whose good looks radiate charisma when she herself is'nt really doing much of anything? Don't get me wrong she turned out to be a fine actress and her previous film "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" is about a zillion times better than Private School but truth is Phoebe Cates might have the most beautiful face ever committed to film (which may explain why the Phoebe-Cult continued to this day).

And yet....it's Betsy Russelll who delivers the goods, who actually provides Private School with it's truly sexy moments.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Clarence M. Cruz on April 6, 2007
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...then you will love this movie. I saw this movie when I was a young boy of like 12 or 13 and I've loved it ever sine. I fell in love with Phoebe Cates from this movie and have followed her career from this to Fast Times to the TV Movie, Baby Sister, to Gremlins and to Lace I and Lace II. It's a shame she retired from the business. Though she did act in The Anniversary Party with her best friend, Jennifer Jason Leigh and her husband, Kevin Kline and her 2 children Owen and Greta.

So, Private School wasn't a great movie, but it was fun and funny and will always hold a special place in my heart. This along with Zapped and Screwballs (a bad Porky's rip-off) will always hold dear and true to my heart.

Plus, Phoebe Cates sings 2 songs in this movie that are on the Soundtrack, which is hard to find.

All in all, this is a fun movie with lots of gratuitous nudity of young women and Betsy Russell as Jordan almost steals the show, with her bare backing horse scene. Also, for a young Matthew Modine, looking really fine.
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44 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Monty Moonlight VINE VOICE on March 1, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I'm giving this movie 3 stars, purely for Betsy Russel, not that Phoebe Cates doesn't deserve some hottie points too. But man, I remember watching this as a kid on USA, and even late at night on CBS, falling in love with Betsy Russel and dying to see this movie unedited. I finally rented it recently and the shower scene is to die for! Not enough Betsy Russel skin but everything else was sweet! Did she come out in anything else? Anyway, watch this movie if you just want to see a stupid, hot 80's movie! This is as legendary as Cheryl Smith's Cinderella, which I have yet to see again since I was a kid watching it on scrambled Cinemax.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2002
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This movie is no great contribution to the medium of acting, but Betsy Russell makes it worth seeing, mind you, in its uncut format. Especially provocative is the scene in which her character, Jordan, tries in her bedroom to seduce Jim, Matthew Modine's character. It's an eye-popping, tongue-swallowing display, and perhaps the sexiest thing I've ever seen.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2000
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I saw this on USA Up All Night first. It's a corny 80's high school movie. What USA Network edited out is on this tape and it is super! The shower scene in this movie is ten times better than the one in Porky's. A lot of pointless nudity.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mian Sukiman on July 30, 2007
Format: DVD
Sure, Phoebe Cates got top billing but this movie belongs to Betsy Russell as she shines in every single scene (and I think Phoebe used body double in her naked shot from behind scene). Betsy's topless scenes are still consider legendary today, too bad her acting career is too short.

The picture transfer is good, clean and sharp while the 2 channel mono is OK, I would have given it a full 5 stars but this DVD has nothing else to offer. Not even theatrical trailer and even worse not even chapter selection just an English subtitle. A commentary by the stars would have put this dvd on a different level. But in the meantime, enjoy Betsy Russel, what a sight.
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