History Film / BackToSchool

6th Feb '17 8:45:25 AM Miracle@StOlaf
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* BlatantLies: "Is the work you turned in your own?" "I can't lie to ya, Dean Martin... ''{{beat}}'' ''Yes it is''."

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* 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
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* 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.

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* 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
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* 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.

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* 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.
29th Oct '16 1:14:50 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* DumbIsGood: The film has a strong Anti-Intellectual bend, arguing that experience trumps brilliance (which is what Anti-Intellectualism as a philosophy is, not "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.

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* DumbIsGood: The film has a strong Anti-Intellectual bend, arguing that experience trumps brilliance (which is what more in line with Anti-Intellectualism as a philosophy is, not 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.
29th Oct '16 1:13:11 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* DumbIsGood: The film has a strong Anti-Intellectual bend, arguing that experience trumps brilliance (which is what real Anti-Intellectualism is). 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.

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* DumbIsGood: The film has a strong Anti-Intellectual bend, arguing that experience trumps brilliance (which is what real Anti-Intellectualism is).as a philosophy is, not "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.
29th Oct '16 1:01:23 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* {{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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* {{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.
29th Oct '16 12:27:38 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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-->'''Jason:''' "I wanna write that paper, I'm ''gonna'' write that paper, because the whole point of coming to college: to ''learn'' something! But you're not gonna learn a goddamn thing if you've got everybody doing your work for you!"

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-->'''Jason:''' "I wanna write that paper, I'm ''gonna'' write that paper, because that's the whole point of coming to college: to ''learn'' something! But you're not gonna learn a goddamn thing if you've got everybody doing your work for you!"
29th Oct '16 12:26:59 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Jason doesn't subscribe to his dad's approach to higher learning, and becomes very upset when Thorn gets his underlings to do ''his'' homework, too.

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* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Jason doesn't subscribe to his dad's approach to higher learning, and becomes very upset when Thorn gets his underlings to do ''his'' homework, too.too:
-->'''Jason:''' "I wanna write that paper, I'm ''gonna'' write that paper, because the whole point of coming to college: to ''learn'' something! But you're not gonna learn a goddamn thing if you've got everybody doing your work for you!"
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.
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