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Back to School

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Alan Metter

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About the Movie

Rodney Dangerfield plays self-made millionaire Thornton Mellon, owner of a chain of tall and fat clothing stores, who, after divorcing his philandering wife, enrolls in college to keep his son from dropping out. Rodney's invasion quickly turns the campus into a non-stop party zone, and he even helps the diving team win their big meet.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 32
  • Fresh: 27
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The film is a good-natured potpourri of gags, funny bits, populist sentiment and anti-intellectualism. – Nina Darnton, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Dangerfield seems to be setting the film's brisk pace and flawless timing himself. – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, Aug 1, 2013

Fresh: In this very funny Rodney Dangerfield comedy, there has been an important shift in Rodney's entertainment persona, a shift that has made this small film a monster hit. – Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune, Jan 16, 2013

Rotten: I mean no disrespect to Rodney Dangerfield in suggesting that Back to School is a comedy that belongs back on the drawing board. – Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug 1, 2013

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Customer Reviews


cool flick

"She was an earth sign... I was a water sign... Together we made... Mud"

Long live Thorton Mellon... Great movie... Great score by Danny Elfman... And need I say it... The Triple Lindy... ;)


Very Funny! I Love This Movie.

Back to School
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1986

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