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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: At first glance, the film might look like a funny family comedy about an old man (played by Rodney Dangerfield) who goes back to college. It isn't rated PG-13 for nothing.


* RetroactiveRecognition: The guy who Thorton catches his wife with [[Series/StarTrekVoyager should look familiar to Star Trek fans.]]

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* RetroactiveRecognition: [[Creator/RobertPicardo The guy who Thorton catches his wife with with]] [[Series/StarTrekVoyager should look familiar to Star Trek fans.]]


* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The title track to the movie; play that song on your first day of classes, and it's gonna be a good semester. "Dead Man's Party" by Oingo Boingo also qualifies.

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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The title track to the movie; play that song on your first day of classes, and it's gonna be a good semester. "Dead Man's Party" by Oingo Boingo Music/OingoBoingo also qualifies.


* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The title track to the movie; play that song on your first day of classes, and it's gonna be a good semester. "Dead Man's Party" by Oingo Boingo also qualifies.

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* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The title track to the movie; play that song on your first day of classes, and it's gonna be a good semester. "Dead Man's Party" by Oingo Boingo also qualifies.

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* HilariousInHindsight: A guy in his upper 60s going to college? That's nothing; the 2015 documentary ''Clarence'' featured a guy in his mid ''80s'' going to college for the first time.

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** And then there's that [[Creator/RobertDowneyJr funny friend of Jason's]]...


** Keith Gordon stopped acting not long after this film and started directing TV, including ''Series/WildPalms'' and ''Series/{{Dexter}}''.

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** Keith Gordon stopped acting not long after this film and started directing TV, including ''Series/WildPalms'' and ''Series/{{Dexter}}''. Most folks remember him as an actor as the lead of ''Film/{{Christine}}''.


* CrowningMomentOfFunny: The entire dinner party sequence, early in the film.
** "I know you! [=You're 'Tall & Fat'!=]" "[=Oh, yeah? Well, you're short and ugly!=]"
** The 'Tall & Fat' commercial shown at the beginning, mercilessly mocking the entire concept of body image. With Thornton closing "If you wanna look thin, you hang around fat people!"
-->'''Thornton''' (turning off the ad): So whadda ya think, Lou?\\
'''Lou''': You could lose a few pounds.\\
'''Thornton''' (shaking his head): [[ComicallyMissingThePoint I gotta hire bigger actors...]]
** The OneSceneWonder moment of Creator/SamKinison going nuclear as a whacked-out history professor, forcing Rodney to get as berserk as he is just to get out of the room ''alive''.
--->'''Thornton:''' Good teacher. He really seems to care. '''''About what I have no idea.'''''
** Everybody gets at least one. Unlike many modern comedians, Dangerfield was more than willing to let other people be funny in his movies
** "You're '''perfect!'''"


* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Thornton recites "Do not go gentle into that good night" from memory as part of his English final. What does that poem mean to him? It means ''he don't take shit from '''nobody!'''''
** Also, the Triple Lindy dive he pulls off that wins the competition for his school.


** Keith Gordon stopped acting not long after this film and started directing TV, including ''WildPalms'' and ''Series/{{Dexter}}''.

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** Keith Gordon stopped acting not long after this film and started directing TV, including ''WildPalms'' ''Series/WildPalms'' and ''Series/{{Dexter}}''.


** Keith Gordon stopped acting not long after this film and started directing TV, including ''WildPalms'' and ''{{Dexter}}''.

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** Keith Gordon stopped acting not long after this film and started directing TV, including ''WildPalms'' and ''{{Dexter}}''.''Series/{{Dexter}}''.

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** Keith Gordon stopped acting not long after this film and started directing TV, including ''WildPalms'' and ''{{Dexter}}''.

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** "You're '''perfect!'''"


--->'''Thornton:''' Good teacher. He really seems to care. '''''About what I have no idea.'''''



--->'''Thornton:''' Good teacher. He really seems to care. '''''About what I have no idea.'''''

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--->'''Thornton:''' Good teacher. He really seems to care. '''''About what I have no idea.'''''

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