Saturday, June 29, 2013

Back to School (1986)

Director: Alan Metter

Starring: Rodney Dangerfield, Sally Kellerman, Burt Young, Keith Gordon, Robert Downey Jr., Paxton Whitehead, Terry Farrell, M. Emmet Walsh, Adrienne Barbeau, William Zabka, Ned Beatty, Sam Kinison, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Edie McClurg, Oingo Boingo

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Registration starts Friday, June 13, at theaters everywhere.

Plot: Millionaire businessman Thornton Melon is upset when his son Jason announces that he is not sure about going to college. 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. Thornton is a big hit on campus: always throwing the biggest parties, knowing all the right people, but is this the way to pass college?

My rating: 10/10

Will I watch it again? YES!!!

I fucking love this movie.  It's a top five comedies of the 80s in my book.  Dangerfield is in top form, the jokes are fast and funny, there's a tremendous sense of fun that you get from the actors.  I bet they were having a blast making this picture.  It's got Danny Elfman and Oingo Boingo playing at a party.  Elfman's score is so playful and optimistic.  I love it.  Sally Kellerman is all kinds of scrummy.  Paxton Whitehead excels at playing her pompous suitor.  Burt Young plays the muscle really well and it's always fun to see M. Emmet Walsh in anything.  Dangerfield's the big draw, though.  Watching him do the Triple Lindy kills me every time.  That look on his face!  If I had time to watch even more movies this is one that would be on a monthly rotation.

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