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Release Date: 1986

DVD Release Date: March 28th, 2000

PG-13|1 hr 36 min

Plot Summary
Thornton Melon (Rodney Dangerfield) is concerned that his son Jason (Keith Gordon) is unsure whether to go to college, so the uneducated self-made millionaire encourages him by signing up as a student as well. As Jason tries to establish himself among his peers and make the diving team, Thornton falls for a pretty professor (Sally Kellerman) and gets others do his schoolwork for him. When the suspicious dean (Paxton Whitehead) finds out, Thornton needs to show he can get by on his own.

Cast: Rodney Dangerfield, Sally Kellerman, Keith Gordon, Burt Young, Robert Downey Jr., Paxton Whitehead, Terry Farrell, M. Emmet Walsh

Director: Alan Metter

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Paper Clip Productions

Keywords: Growing up, Father, Lighthearted, Son, 1980s, Love, Transformation, Amusing, Cheeky

Ratings & Reviews

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  • A comedy that belongs back on the drawing board. show more

  • 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. show more

  • This is exactly the sort of plot Marx or Fields could have appeared in. Dangerfield brings it something they might also have brought along: a certain pathos. Beneath his loud manner, under his studied obnoxiousness, there is a real need. He laughs that he may not cry. show more

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