Back to School

“We were doomed from the start. I’m an Earth sign. She’s a Water sign. Together, we made mud.”

By the time the mid-80s rolled around Rodney Dangerfield was a household name, famous for his work in Caddyshack and Easy Money and for his trademark catchphrase “I don’t get no respect.”

Then in the summer of 1986 we were all treated to his hilarious (and goofy) Back to School, the inspirational tale of a wealthy man who goes, well… back to school to help convince his college-student son to continue hitting the books.

After donating a wad of cash to build a new business school, Dangerfield (as Thornton Melon) goes on to wreak all kinds of havoc across campus. The dean of the business school doesn’t want him there, an English professor (Sally Kellerman) starts falling for him, and the student body is more than happy to attend the weekly Melon parties in his pimped-out dorm room.

With a script to full of his patented one-liners (“Bring us a pitcher of beer every seven minutes until somebody passes out. And then bring one every ten minutes.”), Dangerfield showed that he still had it.

Audiences at it up. Back to School finished 1986 as the #6 movie, raking in almost $100 million. And with cameos from Sam Kinison, Kurt Vonnegut, Ned Beatty, and M. Emmett Walsh, and nifty supporting roles from Robert Downey Jr. and The Karate Kid‘s own William Zabka, you can see why.

And did we mention the soundtrack, including the oh-so-80s Oingo Boingo’s “Dead Man’s Party”?

There were a lot of great ‘college’ movies that came our way in the 80s, but few campuses (campii?) were as fun as Grand Lakes University in 1986.

We ♥ Back to School.


~ by weheart80s on August 22, 2011.

One Response to “Back to School”

  1. Had another relevant interview to this topic to share. I had the pleasure of an interview with director Alan Metter.

    In addition to Back to School, he also directed Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Moving and Rodney’s rap video.

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