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Back to School

1986
Comedy
1h 36m
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Avg Percentile 39.83% from 746 total ratings

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Rated 31 Jul 2019
70
65th
It's a frustrating watch because it's the story of a man who came from nothing and worked his way to the top who loves his son so much he would do anything to encourage him to succeed and still after ninety-six minutes of screen time he can't get no respect.
Rated 11 Nov 2012
70
53rd
Rodney Dangerfield's stunt double.
Rated 29 Oct 2020
72
52nd
It's kind of refreshing to see Billy Zabka change things up a bit and play a villain. Also, that dive at the end, there's no way it's legal. Jason stepped over the edge before beginning his dive. I will say, however, kudos to whoever thought diving was cool and needed a whole movie. As if we already don't get enough of it every 4 years at the olympics. I mean, seriously, who gives a fuck about diving.
Rated 16 Oct 2010
64
39th
Silly movie fits right into the 1980's. Nothing really works here but nothing is so offensively bad to merit it super lower scores. Average.
Rated 19 Nov 2007
70
58th
OK, so it deserves a lower rating, sue me! I am a fan of Dangerfield and I'm giving him a little respect. Lots of laughs - especially if you like Rodney.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
55
37th
Well, I like Rodney Dangerfield, but I'd rather watch his stand-up than watch most of his movies. This is funny enough, comsidering he plays the same character he plays in every movie: wiseacre middle-aged underachieving lecher skating through life on charisma.
Rated 03 Jun 2008
4
44th
It bleeds 80s, Dangerfield is definitely a bit too clean, and the dramatic arc and love stories are totally unconvincing, but it has a certain charm. Not to mention that it features 80s legend William Zabka in his prime and current legend Robert Downey Jr. in his youth - in the same scene! Holy crap!
Rated 03 Sep 2010
50
21st
I've got a soft spot for terrible Rodney Dangerfield movies. Bonus points for young Robert Downey Jr.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
68
72nd
Better college humor than Harold and Kumar.
Rated 02 Jul 2018
61
27th
I think Robert Downey Jr has about as many haircuts as Dangerfield has one-liners. The plot is mundane but there enough comedy, Oingo Boingo, and great cast additions to make this a pretty good 80s comedy staple. Burt Young rubbing down Rodney Dangerfield is about as good as it sounds.
Rated 22 Dec 2021
80
62nd
Back to School is a classic 80's comedy movie. I'm sure the movie's script was only fifty percent written and the rest was ad-libbed by Rodney Dangerfield. That is part of the reason why the movie is so good. It is raw in some ways. There are tons of surprises throughout the movie that make it a wonderful museum piece - Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Oingo Boingo, gap-toothed Robert Downey Jr., etc. It is one of those movies that I can watch again and again. It's not perfect but it doesn't need to be.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
37th
Okay, but gets a little ho-hum. Nice round up of the 80's though.
Rated 25 Nov 2020
90
90th
Admittedly not the funniest comedy out there, but it is however extremely charming and thoroughly entertaining. They absolutely nailed the casting. I was all in from the moment I heard Elfman's score and saw those perfect opening credits. The only real downside is that the humor relies a little too heavily on Dangerfield's rather outdated one liners. But yeah, if you're a fan of cheesy 80's movies check this one out immediately.
Rated 21 Aug 2010
30
11th
Dangerfield should just stick to stand up.
Rated 29 Mar 2023
55
17th
Half an hour of Dangerfield stand up spread thin across 90 minutes of by the numbers 80's slobs vs snobs college setting. Some amusing moments and funny lines but too far and in between
Rated 22 Aug 2007
78
39th
Rodney Dangerfield AND Kurt Vonnegut? Whaaaa?
Rated 07 Jan 2009
40
33rd
Almost worth it for the Molly Bloom scene.
Rated 05 Sep 2009
62
30th
Rodney Dangerfield at his best, but that's not enough to carry the film.
Rated 12 May 2008
68
12th
Disgusting images haunt from this movie haunt me still to this day, a decade later...
Rated 08 Nov 2014
73
78th
Dangerfield is perfectly cast as a boorish but charismatic millionaire who enrols in college as the world's oldest freshman. Like many college comedies of the period, there is a strong anti-intellectual streak, but this film hits most of its satiric targets, lampooning both the cliquey nature of campus life and the corrosive effect of money on tertiary education. The strong supporting cast also helps, with Downey Jnr, Kinison, Kellerman, Young and Beatty all doing fine work.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
35
10th
Junk comedy, nothing more, nothing less.
Rated 23 Jun 2011
100
97th
Perfect comedy! Makes me laugh throughout every time!
Rated 07 Jul 2011
75
27th
The script and direction don't help much, but Dangerfield is very funny and (yes!?) very moving too. Add a wonderful cameo by Sam Kinniston as a crazy Vietnam vet history prof, and you have something worth watching. Once. (I have to admit, though, that I like it so much I've watched it three times at least.)
Rated 15 Jun 2012
85
58th
Dead Man's Party
Rated 09 Aug 2008
60
18th
Goofy
Rated 02 Jun 2007
90
86th
Very surprisingly good. A "youth comedy" in which the message is "Poetry Is Great", which features cameos by Oingo Boingo, Kurt Vonnegut, and Sam Kinison. Great cast, and so often funny
Rated 13 May 2022
63
34th
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Rated 24 Aug 2007
60
55th
Good
Rated 05 Mar 2008
65
40th
Not good, but better than anything Will Ferrel is puting out now adays.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
61st
Rodney Dangerfield makes every movie better and no one else could have played his part to make the movie work.
Rated 15 Jun 2022
73
42nd
Funny enough to pass the time and have some good laughs. Don't expect too much and you'll like it.
Rated 07 Aug 2011
50
11th
Kind of a standard 80's comedy with the kooky storyline and setup accompanied by not many laughs, for me anyway.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
41
34th
A perfectly servicable comedy. Dangerfield is a charmer.
Rated 15 Mar 2009
50
32nd
I know Rodney Dangerfield's better than this. It was still kind of funny though.
Rated 25 Mar 2009
75
56th
Fun to watch, but a bit risque. Not something I'd watch with kids around. this theme was interesting, if a bit farcical, and the young college kids theme is by now worn completely out.
Rated 01 Sep 2013
50
38th
Memorable for pretty much only two things: Downey Jr and the ridiculous way-80s Triple Lindy. It's not a terrible time, and it carries along a certain amount of the charm of its time, but I wouldn't recommend anyone go out of their way to see it. I ended up watching it because it happened to be on TV and I feel pretty OK about it.
Rated 17 Dec 2011
68
24th
This movie has a few funny moments but not quite enough to recommend it. a young Robert Downey Jr. has a supporting role in this movie. If you really like Rodney Dangerfield then you have a better chance of really enjoying this comedy.
Rated 11 Nov 2009
20
44th
Rodney Dangerfield, with a fluffier and less funny hairdo, is "the world's oldest living freshman". This marks him as a fun guy and B.M.O.C. to anyone who isn't a square or snob. The hairdo is the tipoff: the whole point is to ingratiate him with the young (i.e., the bulk of the moviegoing public), at the expense of his contemporaries and his own integrity.
Rated 25 Dec 2007
69
46th
Not that great, but Dangerfield's best starring role.
Rated 25 Feb 2007
22
11th
Seen one Rodney Dangerfield film, you've seen them all. I tell ya....
Rated 08 Jul 2012
70
37th
Ok, not a movie that affects you deeply or changes your life, however some descent laughs and pretty cheesy moments
Rated 14 Aug 2007
5
1st
"I dont get no respect". Weel perhaps if you did better movies, you would.
Rated 05 Jan 2012
40
15th
As stupid as this movie was, Rodney Dangerfield could usually get a chuckle out of me.
Rated 21 Dec 2023
60
36th
I was 18 when it came out, and I didn't feel I wasted my $4.00.
Rated 17 Sep 2007
65
49th
good enough comedy
Rated 14 Mar 2020
39
18th
Seen: 2. This was a Comedy Central staple. A lousy premise, but a decent vehicle for Dangerfield to do his thing.

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