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"Class" (1983) was the first appearance of Andrew McCarthy, John Cusack and Virginia Madsen. It was the big screen introduction of Rob Lowe since his first movie "The Outsiders" had not yet been released in theaters. Alan Ruck also stars as one of the students as does a young Casey Siemasko, who, coincidentally, also went on to star as one of Tommy Howell's friends in "Secret Admirer." (There are actually two young actors who appear as students and friends in both of these movies.) "Class" was shot on location in Chicago and a little factoid that may be of interest is that John Cusack, who is from Chicago, later starred in "Grandview USA" (starring Tommy Howell) which was also shot on location outside of Chicago in Plymouth, IL, and he also starred in "16 Candles" another Chicago-set movie. Many of these young male stars seemed to have their work overlap into 6 degrees of separation without even needing Kevin Bacon. Anyway, "Class" is basically a teen sex romp comedy. Andrew McCarthy stars as the pathetic virgin who finds a sex-crazed 40-ish MILF who in turn takes pity on him and relieves him of his virginity only to find out later that he is much younger than he initially let on. Rob Lowe is his wild and wealthy roommate who urges him to get lost in some mindless decadence primarily aimed at losing his pesky virginity.Read more ›
This movie was a big deal when I was in 9th grade. One of the goals for 14-year-old boys in 1983 was to sneak into the theater to see "Class", because it was about a 40-ish woman who has an affair with a high school kid, and it was the rare R-rated teen movie.
It's also a true Brat-Pack movie before that phrase entered the lexicon after 85's "Breakfast Club". While Rob Lowe had already done some film work, "Class" introduced us to Andrew McCarthy, Alan Ruck, Virginia Madsen, and John Cusack. Cusack's first words on film: "Great, douchebag!" directed at McCarthy, who almost creamed him with a trunk that slipped down the dorm stairs. As for Madsen, she won't discuss this movie even today, claiming that "those guys were a-holes". Very interesting. I wonder if Lowe in one of his several autobiographies discusses what happened on the set of "Class". I rather doubt it. The fact that Madsen endures having to expose a breast on film is probably a clue.
Luckily, the movie is more than its real-life backstory. It is, in fact, quite well done from start to finish, and I remain mystified by the continuing dismissal of it even from critics today. McCarthy was never much of an actor, but his inexperience doesn't harm him here. Lowe is the clear star of the picture. We're willing to like him even as he's playing a horrible prank on new-kid McCarthy; his laughter seems so good-natured that we don't hate him, and in any case the character's decency comes through pretty quickly when he thinks McCarthy is seriously wounded by the prank.Read more ›
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A bit dated but definitely a film that is better than you'd expect for what looks like could be just a silly comic romp.Published 14 days ago by Jim
Just as described. Would purchase again. Love seeing these 80's classics.Published 2 months ago by Cari L Laszlo
A 1980s college-age erotic fantasy classic and Jacqueline Bisset fit the fantasy girl role nicely. Dragged a little at times but overall a very entertaining film and good overall... Read morePublished 4 months ago by B. Gittings
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