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Back to School

Comedy movie directed by Alan Metter

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The reinvention of Rodney Dangerfield

  • May 19, 2009
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Back to School (1986) was a surprise hit for stand up comedian actor Rodeny Dangerfield. After making a big impression with audiences with his spot in the golf comedy Caddyshack and a lead role in Easy Money, his star was slowly rising. But it was this film that cemented his spot in American pop culture as a true icon of the 80's and a transition star.

Rodney stars as Thorton Melon (nee Meloni) a successful entrepreneur who had to drop out of school when he was younger to take care of the family business. Years later his son is in college but feel dissatisfied with life in general. After a series of comical events, Mr. Melon decides to visit his son's exclusive university to see how he's really doing. Along the way he decides to give book learning a try.

A very enjoyable film. Rodney Dangerfield made the transaction from a stand-up act to an actor. The director wisely let him improvise his dialog and work in some of his material into the movie. The cast features Sally Kellerman, Robert Downey Jr., Keith Gordon, Burt Young, Terry Farrell and guest star slots for Adrienne Barbeau and Ned Beatty.  Not a masterpiece by any means but an enjoyable film none the less. Recommended, especially on a slow Sunday afternoon.

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review by . March 23, 2009
Rodney plays Thornton Mellon, a successful businessman married to Vanessa (Adrienne Barbiou) who fools around with any man she can find. Thornton does not really care because he is worried that his son Jason is failing in college and may drop out.     In order to keep his son in school, Thornton has to go there himself and do something he has never done - study for himself.     Thornton's problems are compounded by Phillip, the know-it-all Business professor …
review by . January 27, 2005
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Rodney plays Thornton Mellon, a successful businessman married to Vanessa (Adrienne Barbiou) who fools around with any man she can find. Thornton does not really care because he is worried that his son Jason is failing in college and may drop out.    In order to keep his son in school, Thornton has to go there himself and do something he has never done - study for himself.    Thornton's problems are compounded by Phillip, the know-it-all Business professor …
review by . September 13, 2003
In the mid 1980's, Rodney Dangerfield had a surge of popularity, after starring in hits like CADDYSHACK and EASY MONEY. BACK TO SCHOOL is arguably his second-best film, in which Dangerfield portrays an obnoxious businessman who goes back to school, with the intentions of helping his discouraged son (Keith Gordon). There's enough jokes and comedy in here to last the whole film, thus it's very, very entertaining. Dangerfield is great, displaying a type of charm as he attempts to start a relationship …
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In the mid-1980s, standup comic Rodney Dangerfield underwent a renewed wave of popularity, finding a surprisingly enthusiastic baby-boomer audience. What else to do but make a movie that shows off Dangerfield's alternately knowing and boorish humor? This may not be on the AFI list of great films, but it delivers laughs aplenty in its story of a rough-edged tycoon who made his fortune in clothes for the stout and tall and decides to attend college in order to be closer to his son (Keith Gordon). There's not much plot, but lots of room for Dangerfield's one-line riffs. The goggle-eyed comic veteran displays surprising charm, enough to make his romance with professor Sally Kellerman believable. Look for cameos by late comedian Sam Kinison and author Kurt Vonnegut Jr.--Marshall Fine
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Director: Alan Metter
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: June 26, 2003
Runtime: 96 minutes
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
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