History Film / BackToSchool

30th Jul '16 10:05:59 PM Doug86
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While perhaps not as well-known as ''{{Caddyshack}}'', ''Back to School'' is one of Creator/RodneyDangerfield's funniest films and is definitely worth checking out for any fan of 80's comedy or the man himself.

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While perhaps not as well-known as ''{{Caddyshack}}'', ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'', ''Back to School'' is one of Creator/RodneyDangerfield's funniest films and is definitely worth checking out for any fan of 80's comedy or the man himself.
14th Jul '16 5:03:17 PM Taskmaster123
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* 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 shows time and again the he knows how 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.

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* 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 time and again the 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.
14th Jul '16 5:01:55 PM Taskmaster123
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* 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 shows time and again the he knows how 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.
11th Jul '16 6:22:57 AM Temmere
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* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Thornton has very little formal education, just a lifetime of business experience at his "Tall & Fat" stores. When Diane names some literature she hopes he has read, he can only relate it all to movies made from that literature starring portly actors.
4th Jun '16 9:06:43 PM kyeo
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* DeanBitterman: The Dean of the University, "Dean Martin" is an aversion of this trope, as he's an ineffectual money grubber who allows Thornton to bribe his way through school.

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* DeanBitterman: The Dean of the University, "Dean Martin" is an aversion of this trope, as he's an ineffectual money grubber who allows Thornton to bribe his way through school. Phillip makes a good stand-in, though.
26th May '16 1:41:40 PM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: Lou. He beat up the entire football team after crushing a metal napkin holder with his bare hands.
26th May '16 1:41:30 PM Morgenthaler
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* BlondGuysAreEvil: Billy Zabka's at it again, this time he's playing a JerkJock named Chas.
10th May '16 7:00:56 PM DoctorCooper
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* {{UsefulNotes/Plagiarism}}: Thornton Melon turns in an essay about a book by Kurt Vonnegut, written by Kurt Vonnegut himself, which he passes off as his own. The English professor gives him an F, telling him that whoever wrote the essay "doesn't know the first thing about Kurt Vonnegut." Later on, Thornton gets called in by the dean of the college, with accusations that Thornton has committed academic fraud by turning in homework done by someone else

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* {{UsefulNotes/Plagiarism}}: PlagiarismInFiction: Thornton Melon turns in an essay about a book by Kurt Vonnegut, written by Kurt Vonnegut himself, which he passes off as his own. The English professor gives him an F, telling him that whoever wrote the essay "doesn't know the first thing about Kurt Vonnegut." Later on, Thornton gets called in by the dean of the college, with accusations that Thornton has committed academic fraud by turning in homework done by someone else
13th Feb '16 8:39:43 AM BDA1978
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Jason generally disapproves of his father's antics, but even he is cracking up at Thornton's secretary taking notes next to him.
8th Sep '15 3:01:41 PM Brian888
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* 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.

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* Corpsing: {{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.
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