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  • Actors: Burt Young, Sally Kellerman, Ned Beatty, Rodney Dangerfield, Robert Downey Jr.
  • Directors: Alan Metter
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French, German, Polish, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles: French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Greek, Bulgarian
  • Dubbed: German, French, Polish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: German, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Sept. 2005
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009V2A3A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,054 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Mar. 2008
Format: DVD
There's wide agreement that the three greatest American film comedies are It Happened One Night from 1934, The Lady Eve from 1941 and 1986's Back to School. Some might quibble that It Happened One Night is no match for Miss Congeniality when it comes to female snorting or that The Lady Eve doesn't have the consistent belly laughs of Turner & Hooch, nor does it have a lovable, slobbering dog unless one counts Henry Fonda. Back to School, however, remains one of a kind.

But seriously, folks...I like this movie a lot. It's not just that the film pokes hard at complacent academia, or that there are a string of great comedy moments given to us by several first-rate actors. Mainly, there's Rodney Dangerfield, himself an idiosyncratic comedian who at times can be easy to get tired of. As Thornton Melon, an up-from-his-boot-straps wealthy clothier -- he owns the Tall & Fat stores -- who signs up as a college student determined to help his wimpish son become popular, Dangerfield is something else. He's not just the loud, wisecracking, eye-popping comedian. Dangerfield gives Melon a layer of good-natured intentions, likeability and even a little lost pathos that is eventually quite endearing.

Some parts of the movie don't work too well for me, mainly the parts of the storyline that involve Melon's son, played by Keith Gordon, his son's pal, played by Robert Downey, Jr., and his love interest, played by Sally Kellerman. Gordon is wimpish enough but, in my view, not very interesting. Downey is little more than an over-the-top exaggeration, and Kellerman puts me off with her above-the-salt manner and accent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bernie VINE VOICE on 8 Feb. 2005
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When Thornton Melon was a young lad, his hard working father told him that he was a Melon and could do anything, but with out a formal education he was nothing. But Thornton instead went into business and made a fortune. Today he has a son and told him that he also is a Melon and can do anything. He sends his son to collage to get a formal education. Soon he finds his some can use some help and that tempered with a divorce spears Thornton to finally get the education he missed.
Rodney has been in many films. However this is the one I will always relate him to. Aside from his one liners and "I get no respect" gags he does a good job of bring out the best (and worst) abut collage. I will admit that he does not look like Bing Crosby in "High Time" (1960), however we have just as much fun watching him adjust and then do one better.
On of my favorite parts is when he has Kurt Vonnegut Jr. doing his homework; that is called delegation.
One annoying part of school is when someone says there is so much "picture framing material" and asks how do you make a picture twice as wide as it is high? People usually measure the picture for the frame. So when the professor said let's build a factory and Thorton Melon asks what are you going to make? I about fell off my seat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alan Palmer on 8 Oct. 2011
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I was looking for comedy films. I know rodney dangerfield is one of the best comedians. I saw this film many years ago so I was looking for value for money. The cd arrived in good time.
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When Thornton Melon was a young lad, his hard working father told him that he was a Melon and could do anything, but with out a formal education he was nothing. But Thornton instead went into business and made a fortune. Today he has a son and told him that he also is a Melon and can do anything. He sends his son to collage to get a formal education. Soon he finds his some can use some help and that tempered with a divorce spears Thornton to finally get the education he missed.

Rodney has been in many films. However this is the one I will always relate him to. Aside from his one liners and "I get no respect" gags he does a good job of bring out the best (and worst) abut collage. I will admit that he does not look like Bing Crosby in "High Time" (1960); however we have just as much fun watching him adjust and then do one better.

On of my favorite parts is when he has Kurt Vonnegut Jr. doing his homework; that is called delegation.

One annoying part of school is when someone says there is so much "picture framing material" and asks how do you make a picture twice as wide as it is high? People usually measure the picture for the frame. So when the professor said let's build a factory and Thorton Melon asks what are you going to make? I about fell off my seat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. BA Woollcott on 5 Mar. 2013
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Rodney Dangerfield, need I say more. A classic, worth the money, good laugh and current generation laughed and loved the storyline. A keeper, perfect quality, thanks!
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Rodney Dangerfield as the wise old street smart millionaire decides to get back an education to inspire his son not to drop out of University. The jokes come wall to wall, but rarely does one make you laugh. The story is very 80s, which I usually love but this one keeps hitting the wall with scant reward.

Dangerfield gives it his all, and sometimes the jokes work. But he has little support. Keith Gordon is pap, and Robert Downey JR makes no impact. There are some other familar faces but they could have been played by another million actors. It all comes to a head when Gordon attempts and succeeds to make it out with the 6ft tall stunning female student, a woman that could quite possibly fit the entire Keith Gordon in her back pocket.

It's all too predicatble and generic I'm afraid. And that is disapointing because for all my sins I do love movies from this period in time. Back to School isn't all bad though- certainly worth a look if you like your 80s films- however nostalgia this time really did play tricks on my memories.
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