Back To School (Extra-Curricular Edition)
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Rodney Dangerfield (Caddyshack, Meet Wally Sparks) makes the grade with this laugh-riot comedy that's in a class of its own! Higher education will never be the same when co-stars Sally Kellerman, Robert Downey, Jr., Sam Kinison, Ned Beatty and more join the maniac as he takes on the brainiacs! Thornton Melon's (Dangerfield) son is a college misfit, so Thornton's lending some fatherly support...by enrolling as a fellow freshman! Who cares if the owner of the "Tall and Fat" clothing empire never finished high school? Thornton's pockets are deep enough to buy a ticket to class...and hire NASA to do his homework! But when he ticks off his professorand then steals his girlfriendThornton takes things just a little too far. Now, he'll have to hit the booksinstead of his bank accountor go back to being the world's wealthiest dropout! "Dangerfield is sensational" (The Hollywood Reporter) in this howlingly funny comedy that scores an A+!
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Rodney Dangerfield plays a self-made, middle-aged millionaire who goes to college (Hooter college, no less) to help and give moral support to his son who is not doing so well there. We all know the characters that Rodney Dangerfield plays - so you can imagine what he does to campus life. He is in his element in this film - absolutely hilarious. But I thought the best performance was by Robert Downey Jr who played his son's best friend - wacky, insane, and totally off the wall. Sally Kellerman is depicted an romantic English professor (another great one) and Sam Kinison is the passionate Political Sci professor. I think this film nailed it. Recommend to all Rodney Dangerfield and Robert Downey Jr fans.
This is one of his better movies. Again, Caddyshack did a wonderful job for showcasing his talents, but this one is right up there in the top.
This movie is definitely out there on some of the stunts pulled, but I would be willing to bet, if one thought about it, they knew people in college that were similar. If not, that person went to a way serious school, which meant they didn't have much fun. The acting is crazy. The characters are larger than real life, but I can't think of anyone in there I despised. The story line was real. Deal with school the best way you can if you are going to stay. Thornton just didn't want his kid to suffer up the ranks like he did. And yes, us parents are willing to do just about anything we can for our kids. If it is in our power, we will. Well... Maybe not hire NASA to do the astronomy papers.
The disc is not crisp, but when it was made, it looked just like it did when I saw it in the theaters. Some people don't like perfect technology, but for me it is a good reminder of the time of the movie. It's like Gone With The Wind. I don't think having it in color does it justice. It is an old movie, shoe me that. Back To School gets the same echo.
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