History Film / BackToSchool

17th Mar '18 9:46:12 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* YourCostumeNeedsWork: Thornton commissions Creator/KurtVonnegut to write an interpretation of SlaughterhouseFive for a literature class. When Dangerfield turns it in [[UsefulNotes/{{Plagiarism}} as his own work]], the professor gives it an F, saying "I don't know who wrote this essay, but he obviously doesn't know the first thing about Kurt Vonnegut."

to:

* YourCostumeNeedsWork: Thornton commissions Creator/KurtVonnegut to write an interpretation of SlaughterhouseFive ''Literature/SlaughterhouseFive'' for a literature class. When Dangerfield turns it in [[UsefulNotes/{{Plagiarism}} as his own work]], the professor gives it an F, saying "I don't know who wrote this essay, but he obviously doesn't know the first thing about Kurt Vonnegut."
1st Mar '18 6:25:11 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* GenreSavvy: Thornton shows this time and again, being a canny businessman who, while he may not have much in the way of formal education, nevertheless knows how the business world and human nature works very well. During the economics class, when he's good-naturedly pointing out all the mistakes that the teacher made in his hypothetical scenario, the students all turn around and ''start taking notes on what he's saying.'' This discomfits the teacher greatly. Earlier, in the scene in the bookstore where he tells his son to put the used books back and buy new ones, his son says the used book are good because they've already been underlined. Thornton responds with this gem: "Yeah, and the guy who owned them before you may have been a moron!" Then he buys the books for everyone in the store. He repeatedly shows that he knows how handle situations and to get people to come around to his way of thinking. Lastly, in the bar fight scene, when the football players are looking for some ass to kick, he knows the answer to the situation is to call over his bodyguard/best friend, who's the one guy in the place whose ass they ''can't'' kick.
13th Dec '17 4:52:03 AM speedyboris
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** Also occurs in the climactic quiz scene, after Thornton recites a Dylan Thomas poem:
--> '''Diane''': Thornton, what does that poem mean to you?\\
'''Thornton''': It means... I don't take nothin'[[labelnote:Note]](shit)[[/labelnote]] from no one.
22nd Sep '17 9:44:18 AM ClintEastwood
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* AsHimself: Creator/KurtVonnegut and Music/OingoBoingo.



* BlatantLies: "Is the work you turned in your own?" "I can't lie to ya, Dean Martin. ''*{{beat}}*'' ''...Yes it is''."

to:

* BlatantLies: "Is the work you turned in your own?" "I can't lie to ya, Dean Martin.Music/DeanMartin. ''*{{beat}}*'' ''...Yes it is''."



* {{Main/Corpsing}}: He's facing away from us, but Rodney is pretty clearly losing it in the scene where Sam Kinison screams at him about the Korean War. Jason's ActuallyPrettyFunny bit mentioned above was the result of his actor being unable to stop doing this because of Edie [=McClurg=]'s timid MinnesotaNice performance as the secretary.

to:

* {{Main/Corpsing}}: {{Corpsing}}: He's facing away from us, but Rodney is pretty clearly losing it in the scene where Sam Kinison Creator/SamKinison screams at him about the Korean War. Jason's ActuallyPrettyFunny bit mentioned above was the result of his actor being unable to stop doing this because of Edie [=McClurg=]'s timid MinnesotaNice performance as the secretary.



* DeadpanSnarker: Watching Dangerfield and Downey on the same screen is like watching Master and Protege.

to:

* DeadpanSnarker: Watching Dangerfield Creator/RodneyDangerfield and Downey Creator/RobertDowneyJr on the same screen is like watching Master and Protege.
17th Jun '17 9:57:23 AM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* YourCostumeNeedsWork: Thornton commissions KurtVonnegut to write an interpretation of SlaughterhouseFive for a literature class. When Dangerfield turns it in [[UsefulNotes/{{Plagiarism}} as his own work]], the professor gives it an F, saying "I don't know who wrote this essay, but he obviously doesn't know the first thing about KurtVonnegut."

to:

* YourCostumeNeedsWork: Thornton commissions KurtVonnegut Creator/KurtVonnegut to write an interpretation of SlaughterhouseFive for a literature class. When Dangerfield turns it in [[UsefulNotes/{{Plagiarism}} as his own work]], the professor gives it an F, saying "I don't know who wrote this essay, but he obviously doesn't know the first thing about KurtVonnegut.Kurt Vonnegut."
19th Apr '17 10:24:44 AM speedyboris
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* {{Bowdlerise}}: As usual, the TV cut includes some of the harsher language dubbed over. One example:
--> '''Thornton''': All right, I'll say it: 'Cause Truman was too much of a stupid[[labelnote:Note]](pussy)[[/labelnote]] wimp to let [=MacArthur=] go in there and blow out those Commie pipsqueaks![[labelnote:Note]](bastards!)[[/labelnote]]"
8th Apr '17 7:30:50 AM redandready45
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* SelfMadeMan: Melon, the son of a poor Italian tailor, created a successful clothing line.
6th Feb '17 8:45:25 AM Miracle@StOlaf
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* BlatantLies: "Is the work you turned in your own?" "I can't lie to ya, Dean Martin... ''{{beat}}'' ''Yes it is''."

to:

* BlatantLies: "Is the work you turned in your own?" "I can't lie to ya, Dean Martin... ''{{beat}}'' ''Yes Martin. ''*{{beat}}*'' ''...Yes it is''."
3rd Nov '16 7:10:45 PM Miracle@StOlaf
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* PrecisionFStrike: Thornton tells Kurt Vonnegut on the phone to go fuck himself after the plagiarized essay on Kurt's own book gets Thornton a failing grade and he responds by putting a stop payment on a check he wrote to Kurt.

to:

* PrecisionFStrike: Thornton tells Kurt Vonnegut on the phone to go fuck himself after the plagiarized essay on Kurt's own book gets Thornton a failing grade and he responds by putting a stop payment on a check he wrote to Kurt.Kurt (Vonnegut evidently said it to him first).
29th Oct '16 1:24:07 PM Miracle@StOlaf
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* DumbIsGood: The film has a strong Anti-Intellectual bend, arguing that experience trumps brilliance (which is more in line with Anti-Intellectualism as a philosophy than "being stupid is great"). Thornton is a lovable slob who is successful because he's worked hard and had real-world experience. His opponent is a petty, overly-intellectual educator who teaches how to run a business but has never run one himself. This can be seen in [[spoiler:Kurt Vonnegut's paper about Kurt Vonnegut receiving an F.]] Although Thorton's whole motivation for returning to school is to prevent his son from dropping out, it's more about not giving up than receiving an education.

to:

* DumbIsGood: The film has a strong Anti-Intellectual bend, arguing that experience trumps brilliance (which is more in line with Anti-Intellectualism as a real-world philosophy than is "being stupid is great"). Thornton is a lovable slob who is successful because he's worked hard and had real-world experience. His opponent is a petty, overly-intellectual educator who teaches how to run a business but has never run one himself. This can be seen in [[spoiler:Kurt Vonnegut's paper about Kurt Vonnegut receiving an F.]] Although Thorton's whole motivation for returning to school is to prevent his son from dropping out, it's more about not giving up than receiving an education.
This list shows the last 10 events of 98. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Film.BackToSchool