Back to School (1986) - Comedy, Romance, Sport

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To help his discouraged son get through college, a funloving and obnoxious rich businessman decides to enter the school as a student himself.

IMDB: 6.6
Director: Alan Metter
Stars: Rodney Dangerfield, Sally Kellerman
Length: 96 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 8 out of 85 found boring (9.41%)

One-line Reviews (20)

That's pretty dreary, and another problem is that Rodney Dangerfield is a stand-up comic, not an actor.

These characters are entertaining to watch, and it's through their performance that they actually feel even plausible.

But Dangerfield plays such a charming, positive, cheerful character that it's impossible to resist to his appeal, he makes everything fun and enjoyable, like a never-ending party, and the embarrassing moments cause more harm to him than his son.

Schematic and predictable.

He is married to a gold-diggin wife who he ditches and tries to make up with his son (who hates his step-mom) by surprising him with a unexpected college visit.

Back to School is a textbook (bad choice of words) example of how great comedy films used to be before the comedy genre became hijacked by disgustingly unfunny toilet humor mavens like Rob Schneider and bland rom-com chick flicks.

Clever writing makes it all very enjoyable.

But he lights up every scene he's in, treating the film like a stand-up routine rather than a narrative, and this kind of hides the predictable fish out of water cliché.

It's strictly a funfest for RODNEY DANGERFIELD fans -- of which there are many, judging from the comments here -- but it's an enjoyable romp that has some telling truths to say about a variety of college subjects, all the while injecting its own brand of wild humor on every situation.

This is evident with the son's girlfriend who is just a cliche.

Recommended, especially on a slow Sunday afternoon.

He's not charismatic enough to play such a major role, but his love interest Terry Farrell is just as bland so they're perfect for each other.

But it's Dangerfield who makes this picture such an always enjoyable and often sidesplitting treat to watch: The Rodman's obviously having a ball in a tailer-made lead role and brings a positively infectious sense of incredibly lively and zany fun to the whole film that's impossible to either resist or dislike.

BTS also has good performances from the rest of the cast especially Burt Young(from Rocky fame) as his driver, Sally Kellerman(MASH) as the love interest, and Sam Kinison in a great scene as an overly intense professor.

His Thornton Mellon,a bored and lonely super-successful clothing magnate is the perfect blend of his "Don't get any respect!

Looking at the few negative reviews, they kind of remind me of Phillip in the movie, the boring, jealous business prof. This is a feel-good, funny movie that holds its own against just about any of its kind.

All in all, a good comedy with some > hilarious moments, despite its somewhat predictable plot and stereotyped > characters.

The movie is full of great fun and has many exciting moments in it, so I suggest that everyone check this out for themselves to experience that.

A very enjoyable film.

It is full of his snappy zings, a few of which are quite funny.