Back to School
Self-made millionaire Thornton Melon decides to get a better education and enrolls at his son Jason's college. While Jason tries to fit in with his fellow students, Thornton struggles to gain his son's respect, giving way to hilarious antics.
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- Alan Metter
- 2009 AFI®
- Top 100 Laughs nominee
PG-13Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
Widescreen 1.85:1, Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailer.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Back to School is a 1986 comedy starring Rodney Dangerfield as a successful businessman who decides to attend the college his son attends to finally get his degree. There is brief nudity (bare breasts), frequent profanity (including "f--k" and "p---y"), and plentiful sexual innuendos in Dangerfield's frequent and hilarious quips. In one scene, a history professor refers to Asians as "rice eaters," and, in another scene, Dangerfield makes a joke involving homosexual rape. As an '80s college movie, there are the requisite scenes of blowout parties with binge drinking. Still, for teens and those older, Back to School is a classic of its genre -- a movie in which Dangerfield's pitch-perfect one-liners shine in every scene.
- Sexual Content
- Early in the film, the father of a son in college enters a dorm building looking for his son. He inadvertently looks into a shower stall and sees a woman's exposed breasts. This same man's wife is shown in the kitchen of their mansion engaged in foreplay. When his wife wants a divorce, the man shows her a series of Polaroids in which it's strongly implied that she has committed adultery on numerous occasions. Two male college students watch a female student walk by and make a lewd comment about her rear end. In one scene, the main character is shown shirtless from the waist up, moaning and making requests as if he's having sex; the camera pulls back to reveal he's getting a massage from his chauffeur. Overall, there is frequent sexual innuendo and sexual puns throughout the movie.
- In one scene, a huge fight breaks out in a bar. Punches are thrown, tables and chairs are broken, and bottles are smashed. There is a joke involving homosexual rape.
- Frequent profanity: "f--k," "p---y," "goddamn," "bastards." In one scene, a history professor refers to Asians as "rice eaters." In another scene, while a character is admiring a painting by Gustav Klimt, Klimt's last name is turned into a pun to sound like the word "c--t."
- Social Behavior
- In its own way, this comedy shows the importance of hard work in achieving one's goals, as well as the importance of self-reliance in becoming who you want to be.
- Characters are often seen drinking from cans of Miller Lite beer.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Binge drinking is shown at a wild party. A college student, while trying to explain the party to the main character, is obviously intoxicated as he slurs his speech and eventually vomits on a tree. Characters drink beer at bars and champagne at parties. The chauffeur in the film is shown smoking a cigar.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it