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* HeyItsThatPlace: Diane's house is the same as used for the Doyle house where Laurie Strode babysat in ''Film/Halloween1978''.

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Diane's house is the same as used for the Doyle house where Laurie Strode babysat in ''Film/Halloween1978''.''Film/Halloween1978''.
** The room in which Thornton Melon takes his three-hour oral exam is the same room in which Alex Owens makes her successful dance audition in ''Film/{{Flashdance}}''.
* HeyItsThatSound: The sound made by the sound board when Derek starts experimenting with it at the dorm party is the same sound made by the proton packs in ''Film/Ghostbusters1984'', which was also co-written by Creator/HaroldRamis.


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** Music/AliceCooper's song "The Great American Success Story" (on the album "Constrictor") was apparently intended to be the theme song. Its lyrics summarize the plot, and include "he don't get no respect", and the chorus leads off with the phrase "back to school". The song was not used in the film, and there is no mention of the connection in the liner notes of the album.


** Creator/JimCarrey was originally considered for the angry history professor, but was decided against for being too young at the time.
** Creator/BobSaget was also considered for the same role, but they felt his humor wasn't abrasive enough.
** In the original script, the Melon family was rather poor. Harold Ramis, who was hired to rewrite, suggested that they should be rich instead to make scenarios funnier.

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** Creator/JimCarrey was originally considered for the angry history professor, but was decided against for being too young at the time.
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time. Creator/BobSaget was also considered for the same role, but they felt his humor wasn't abrasive enough.
** In the original script, the Melon family was rather poor. Harold Ramis, Creator/HaroldRamis, who was hired to rewrite, suggested that they should be rich instead to make scenarios funnier.

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* FakeNationality: The very obviously Ashkenazi Jewish Rodney Dangerfield (born Jacob Cohen) plays the Italian-American Thorton Meloni.


* ActorSharedBackground: Thorton Melon, was a truck driver in his younger days, as was Creator/RodneyDangerfield himself.

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* ActorSharedBackground: Thorton Melon, Melon was a truck driver and an acrobatic diver in his younger days, as was Creator/RodneyDangerfield himself.



** Creator/RodneyDangerfield performed the "Triple Lindy" himself.

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** Creator/RodneyDangerfield was, surprisingly, an acrobatic diver in his youth and performed part of the "Triple Lindy" himself.himself, though the sequence is obviously helped by special effects.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/JimCarrey was originally considered for the angry history professor, but was decided against for being too young at the time.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: WhatCouldHaveBeen:
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Creator/JimCarrey was originally considered for the angry history professor, but was decided against for being too young at the time.

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** In the original script, the Melon family was rather poor. Harold Ramis, who was hired to rewrite, suggested that they should be rich instead to make scenarios funnier.


* ActorAllusion: One of the last shots in the opening montage is of Creator/RodneyDangerfield golfing. This was taken directly from ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}''.


* TheCastShowoff: Creator/DannyElfman's band Music/OingoBoingo shows up at Thornton's kickass dorm party.

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* TheCastShowoff: TheCastShowoff:
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Creator/DannyElfman's band Music/OingoBoingo shows up at Thornton's kickass dorm party.


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* CastTheExpert: The divers were expert college divers. Director Alan Metter asked them to "do their worst" to play the Grand Lakes diving team.


* ActorAllusion: One of the last shots in the opening montage is of Creator/RodneyDangerfield golfing. This was taken directly from his ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}''.

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* ActorAllusion: One of the last shots in the opening montage is of Creator/RodneyDangerfield golfing. This was taken directly directly from his ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}''.



* AsHimself: Creator/KurtVonnegut and Music/OingoBoingo.



** Creator/RoddneyDangerfield performed the "Triple Lindy" himself.

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** Creator/RoddneyDangerfield Creator/RodneyDangerfield performed the "Triple Lindy" himself.


* ActorAllusion: One of the last shots in the opening montage is of Creator/RodneyDangerfield golfing. This was taken directly from his ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}''.
* ActorSharedBackground: Thorton Melon, was a truck driver in his younger days, as was Creator/RodneyDangerfield himself.



** Dangerfield performed the "Triple Lindy" himself.
* ThrowItIn: Jason laughing at his dad's secretary is because the actor couldn't stop cracking up at Edie [=McClurg=].
** During the scene with Sam Kinison, when he throws the desk, Rodney is trying really hard not to laugh. You can't see his face during it but his head is very much bobbing.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Jim Carrey was originally considered for the angry history professor (that Sam Kinison ended up playing) but was decided against for being too young at the time.
** Bob Saget was also considered for the same role, but they felt his humor wasn't abrasive enough.

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** Dangerfield Creator/RoddneyDangerfield performed the "Triple Lindy" himself.
* ThrowItIn: HeyItsThatPlace: Diane's house is the same as used for the Doyle house where Laurie Strode babysat in ''Film/Halloween1978''.
* ThrowItIn:
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Jason laughing at his dad's secretary is because the actor couldn't stop cracking up at Edie [=McClurg=].
** During the scene with Sam Kinison, Creator/SamKinison, when he throws the desk, Rodney Creator/RodneyDangerfield is trying really hard not to laugh. You can't see his face during it but his head is very much bobbing.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Jim Carrey Creator/JimCarrey was originally considered for the angry history professor (that Sam Kinison ended up playing) professor, but was decided against for being too young at the time.
** Bob Saget Creator/BobSaget was also considered for the same role, but they felt his humor wasn't abrasive enough.

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** During the scene with Sam Kinison, when he throws the desk, Rodney is trying really hard not to laugh. You can't see his face during it but his head is very much bobbing.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Jim Carrey was originally considered for the angry history professor (that Sam Kinison ended up playing) but was decided against for being too young at the time.
** Bob Saget was also considered for the same role, but they felt his humor wasn't abrasive enough.


* HeyItsThatGuy: Creator/RobertDowneyJr. is Jason's buddy, Derek.
** [[Film/{{Rocky}} Paulie]] is Thornton's chauffer.
** Creator/SamKinison is Thornton's unhinged history professor.
** Jason gets together with [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Jadzia Dax]].
** [[Series/TheWonderYears Kevin's brother Wayne]] is young Thornton Melon.

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* TheCastShowoff: Creator/DannyElfman's band Music/OingoBoingo shows up at Thornton's kickass dorm party.
** Dangerfield performed the "Triple Lindy" himself.


* AsHimself: KurtVonnegut and OingoBoingo.

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* AsHimself: KurtVonnegut Creator/KurtVonnegut and OingoBoingo.Music/OingoBoingo.


** [[Series/TheWonderYears Kevin's brother Wayne]] is a younger Thornton Melon.

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** [[Series/TheWonderYears Kevin's brother Wayne]] is a younger young Thornton Melon.

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** [[Series/TheWonderYears Kevin's brother Wayne]] is a younger Thornton Melon.

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