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Making the Grade

4.3 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews


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Product Details

  • Actors: Judd Nelson, Jonna Lee
  • Directors: Dorian Walker
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM Home Video
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BIXSAK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,781 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Eddie Keaton is a streetwise hustler who finds himself sampling the good life in this frollicking comedy. Attending the exclusive Hoover prep school, Eddie takes a bite out of the upper crust but finds them a little hard to swallow.

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By Christoph B. Gondek on August 24, 2001
Format: DVD
I know what you're thinking. "Judd Nelson in a 80's teen movie. Pass" Such is your misfortune, because Making the Grade is a cut above most 80's teen movies, mainly because of an great supporting cast, led by screenwriter Dana Olsen in one of the great characters from 80's teen flicks, preppy slob Palmer Woodrow III. The plot is fairly simple. Palmer has to graduate from prep school, so, like all rich kids, he hires an impostor from the streets (Judd Nelson) to impersonate him at his new prep school, while he spends some quality slacking time. Unfortunately, he has picked a guy with a questionable pass, which will return to haunt them all. The two leads aren't very interesting and the fish out of water plot is hardly new, but once you get past that, you will be laughing at everyone else in the movie. Just remember Palmer's creed, "I'm rich, I don't have to be nice," and all will be well.
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By sara on September 11, 2014
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I'm a big 80s teen angst movie fan and after I bought up all the well known movies of that genre I started seeking out the lesser known like this one. I mean it has Judd Nelson! Though I want to say it was great, I can't sadly. I'm not giving up on my search to find all the great movies from the 80s though. They can't all be gems!
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This movie is old-school Memphis. While the movie is a little on the silly side, it does reflect the 1980's pretty well and the scenes around Memphis, TN make me a little homesick... Not a bad movie at all...
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Very brief here. 1984, that should tell you a lot. Judd Nelson, that should tell you a lot. A rich kid who has bounced from school to school needs to pass and he shires Judd to do that for him???? I failed to see the laughs that were supposed to happen. I was just bored and annoyed. I gave it 3 stars but truly 2.3.
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I was surprised to see this movie available on DVD. It was a long time since I had seen this movie, and viewing it again brought back some great memories from the '80s. Judd Nelson plays a street kid that switches places with a rich guy, and goes to Prep School for him. Lots of Preppies, and laughs are what this movie is all about! This classic was a Golan & Globus Production, which also gave us movies like "Breakin'", and "Invasion USA" If you like '80s teem comedies, this one is a "must have" for your collection.
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"'ha-ha-haa, ha-ha-haa, ha-ha-ha-ha-haa-haaaa' a manly laugh, for manly men such as we" These, and other infamous quotes will undoubtedly go down in history as misunderstood genius. Or, maybe, they will just go down in history. Regardless, Making the Grade chronicles the mishaps of that zany group, Palmer, Eddie, and the charasmatic Dice, as they trapse throughout Hoover prep in search of Love, money, and those last 11 minutes on the hour. In addition, the sound track by Shandi brings such incredible emotional swells that one can only be reduced to tears. Even if you aren't a fan of 80s B movie genre, you find a loveable cast carving out shards of humanity in a humanistic drama wrought by cunning deception and vengeful greed. A great movie depicting a classic era. Its also a great educational film. Quotes like "remember, its almost NEVER the letter E" got me through a prestigious medical school. Give this one time, its an acquired taste, like Brie. You will love it.
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This movie came out in the 80's and if you went to a boarding school, will remind you of the "pecking order" that you lived by. Palmer Woodrow (Dana Olsen) hires Eddie (Judd Nelson) to attend school in his place and graduate. As a reward, Eddie will receive $10,000. John Dye (Touched by An Angel) is one of the "preppie" schoolmates and Gordon Jump (WKRP) plays the Headmaster. I found this movie enjoyable and really was able to understand "old" money from "new" money.

This movie arrived on time and I will purchase from this seller again.
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Loved this. Great price. I am a big fan of 80's movies and somehow this one got past me. A fun film, Judd was good here as in the Breakfast Club. Many other stars here you will recognize from other 80's films. Recommend it.
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