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Making the Grade

1 rating: 2.0
A movie directed by Dorian Walker

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Genre: Comedy, Romance
Release Date: 1984.5.18 (USA); 1984.7.19 (Australia); 1985.9.19 (Netherlands)
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Making the Grade

Back to School, sans forty IQ points

  • Jun 19, 2012
Rating:
+2
Four archetypes dominated comedies of class conflict in the 1980s: straight men (and women), noxious authority figures, lovably insufferable boors and the medically retarded. All are prevalent in Golan-Globus's foray into Animal House territory, which - despite its hopeless predictability - is nearly as funny as it is stupid.

While spoiled, uncouth laggard Dana Olsen is horrified by a paternal caveat entailing a suspension of theretofore limitless funds if he fails to graduate from prep school after his seventh year of attendance, spastic schlemiel Judd Nelson is pursued by goons dispatched by bookie Anthony "Dice" Clay (oddly, among the least sordid of this picture's male cast). In exchange for $10K and a Porsche, Nelson assumes Olsen's identity in matriculation to the Anglosphere's very worst preparatory institution. As expected, he wreaks havoc, wears unspeakably atrocious attire and falls in love with a rich girl.

Pros:
  • An abundance of hilarious physical and sight gags
  • Fine comic delivery from the entire cast
  • Another lovely, tongue-in-cheek score by the estimable Basil Poledouris
  • A romantic sub-plot possessed of a pulse and arc
  • Dorian Walker's notably deft direction
  • Nelson's breakdancing stand-in, to whom he conspicuously bears no resemblance whatsoever
  • Olsen's lubricious date with his long-term girlfriend, perhaps the most rhapsodic of all committed to film:


Cons:
  • One-quarter of the jokes fall flat
  • Its running time is twenty-odd minutes too long
  • The aforementioned breakdancing was cut with a rare incompetence
  • Dice is as threatening as any other echo of Travolta
  • Every single plot point is effortlessly divinable

In the annals of snobs vs. slobs fare, Making the Grade may assume a footnote for being a cut above average, funnier than most flicks of its type and - save a few exceptionally hysterical scenes - ultimately forgettable. It's also superior to 90% of ostensibly comedic movies evacuated from the bowels of Hollywood into nationwide distribution over the course of the past twenty years.
Back to School, sans forty IQ points

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June 20, 2012
Excellent Review!
 
June 20, 2012
"mmmrghMRAHGHAAHHAAGGHHHHH! That was fabulous."  eeheeheeeeeeeee! :D

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