Turner inspires him to finish, and he does. Rodney also takes a sarcastic poke at the ivory towers, apparently echoing some autobigraphical sentiment towards self-made men, such as himself, who make it big despite not having fancy diplomas to back them up. Hilarity ensues when Thornton comes to his son’s rescue by enrolling in the same university, partying, throwing money around and slacking off. Harold Ramis is genius in working in a lot of Dangerfield quips into the script. There’s not a lot of them but when they do pop-up they’re hilarious. The movie is full of silly,inspired,and ocassionally crude humor. And, of course, the Triple Lindy.

Was this review helpful to you? They cut out most of my funny. Thornton insists that college is the best thing he never had for himself, and to prove his point, he agrees to enroll in school along with his son. Rodney Dangerfield stars as Thornton Melon, a self-made millionaire whose one big regret in life was that he never went to college. He said, “It took forty years, but I finally got here. In , Kurt Vonnegut told Indianapolis Monthly that he was a fan of the film, and remembered all of the lines about him. Go, before someone beats you to it.

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Severn Darden is the lab guy. I have not really caught much of Rodney Dangerfield’s work and I was not a fan of Caddyshack, but everyone it was at the top of their game in this movie!!! Vonnegut also made a cameo appearance in that film. The pretty teacher played by Sally Kellerman is smart and honest. Alan Metter sued Orion for not paying him all he said he was due. When his son Jason played by Keith Gordon says that he wants to drop out of college, his father makes him a deal; if Jason stays enrolled, he’ll enroll himself, which starts a comedic chain of events that will change their lives, and the college!


His best starring role, for sure. One of two movies released in to feature the song “Twist and Shout”. Without Rodney Dangerfield this movie would be in the bottom for sure. On a lark, he enrolls in the same college as his son and creates mayhem where ever he goes. The soundtrack was only released in LP format, but the score was later released with selections from the score of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure on CD.

This movie goes to show there is nothing a parent won’t do to help their child.

Thornton is failing his classes; even the professor most sympathetic to him Sally Kellerman suspects him of plagiarism. Very funny movie, the lead role could only be played by Dangerfield he was perfect in it.

In other projects Wikiquote. The combining of three dorm rooms into one. Sally Kellerman the love interestAdrienne Barbeau briefly as the unscrupulous wifeBurt Young same act, no matter the rolea baby-faced Robert Downey Jr who was sorely underused, and should’ve been cast as Rodney’s sonand cameo roles by Kurt Vonnegut Jr, M Emmet Walsh, and a hillarious Sam Kinison.

Its lyrics summarize the plot, and include “he don’t get no respect”, and the chorus leads off with the phrase “back to school”. Was this review helpful? Yeah, especially Thornton’s take on the corruption and shady dealing it would really take to start a business really do have a germ of truth.

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I really had a good time watching it, I just miss comedies like this where it was dirty or over the top, it was just plain fun to watch and you have a good time viewing the film.


To spite Jason for his performance and for winning over Valerie, Chas fakes a cramp in an attempt to make his team lose. They appeared in Star Trek: The sound made by the sound board when Derek starts experimenting with it at the dorm party is the same sound made by the proton packs in Ghostbusterswhich was also co-written by Harold Ramis.

William Zabka is the obnoxious rival. This is dangefrield dedication to Estelle Endler, one of the executive producers of the film, who died during filming.

However, Dangerfield did not feel that he was hard-edged and shocking enough to portray the character. She got me into movies. I absolutely was in stitches with some of the one-liners, and visuals, but I won’t divulge even one of them!!! Rodney Dangerfield always looked out for younger comedic talents. Jason even earns a spot on the diving team as well after Thornton — a former diver himself — convinces the diving coach M. They got Kurt Vonnegut to appear in this!

Not for those who overthink their movies. I had forgotten how much “f”-ing fun this movie is!

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.