• Private School (1983)

Private School

Release Date: 1983

DVD Release Date: March 6th, 2007

R |1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary

Private-school student Christine (Phoebe Cates) loves Jim (Matthew Modine). But her classmate, Jordan (Betsy Russell), is also vying for Jim's attention and trying to end his relationship with Christine. Meanwhile, Jim's friend Bubba (Michael Zorek) embarks on a series of sexual escapades, including dressing up as a woman to access the girls' locker room. Despite Jim and Christine's efforts to spend some time alone, various shenanigans and schemes interfere.

Cast: Phoebe Cates, Matthew Modine, Betsy Russell, Kathleen Wilhoite, Michael Zorek, Fran Ryan, Ray Walston, Sylvia Kristel

Director: Noel Black

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Unity Productions, Universal Pictures

Keywords: School , Love interest , Relationships , Love triangle , Amusing , Friendship , Friend , Rivalry , Growing up , Love , 1980s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The movie's not without charm. There's a fresh, sweet relationship between one of the girls (Phoebe Cates) and her boyfriend, in which she is permitted to have the normal fears, doubts and reservations of anyone her age. I'm not sure how that plot got into this smarmy-minded movie, but it was like a breath of fresh air. show more

  • 30
    Janet MaslinThe New York Times

    Movies like Private School usually make money, no matter how sleazy or derivative they happen to be. show more

  • 25
    Bill CosfordMiami Herald

    Strange as it sounds, the failure of this tawdry little odyssey into mammalia is that it doesn't make any sense. The smallest effort by writer, director or producer could have meant a movie with laughs as well as the capacity to anesthetize adults. [02 Aug 1983, p.C5]

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