The Freshman
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In this farcical comedy, Matthew Broderick plays Clark Kellogg, an aspiring director who arrives in New York City to attend film school. However, moments after he arrives in the city, he's robbed by Victor Ray (Bruno Kirby), leaving him no money for the $700 in books required by his instructor, Arthur Fleeber (Paul Benedict). A few days later, Clark runs into Victor and demands his money back, but Victor has already lost it (on a horse race in which he wasn't entirely sure the animal he bet on was a horse). Instead, he offers to fix Clark up with a job with his boss, an "importer… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"Andrew Bergman's The Freshman is a charmed comedy, the kind of seemingly effortless movie in which everything falls neatly into place, as if ordained by nature."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Just when you've had it with the mistimed scenes and the clunky direction, writer-director Andrew Bergman comes through with an inspired piece of lunacy."
‑ Peter Rainer, Los Angeles Times
"The Freshman is like no other comedy. Just when you think you've figured it out, it ambles away."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"In the case of this inspired comedy, the plot is a dignified bonkers combination of The Graduate, The Sting, The Godfather and The Producers."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"It's a nice premise, film informing life, and Bergman's film succeeds thanks to its sprightly pace, modest but fully realised ambition and the ever affable Broderick."
‑ , Film4
"Brando does a wonderful sendup of Corleone that manages to play off the Don's entrenched place in pop culture. But The Freshman is no copycat comedy."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It's the kind of material that could easily fly apart into silliness, yet Brando and Broderick help the director to keep it anchored in a certain emotional reality, which is always the source of the richest comedy."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"Here's a chance to see a mellow Marlon Brando in his greatest comedy performance."
‑ Tom Hutchinson, Radio Times
"It's fun to watch Marlon Brando parody one of his most justly celebrated roles."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
‑ Sabadino Parker, PopMatters
"Though writer-director Andrew Bergman sets up potentially funny situations, the payoffs aren't nearly as clever as they need to be. Many situations don't pay off at all."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Marlon Brando returns to the movies with one of his funniest performances as, in essence, Don Corleone with a screw loose."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"The Freshman has dead spots, certainly, but makes up for them with its moments of inspired craziness."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"An underrated hidden treasure."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"Broderick is his usual charming self, and there are occasional moments of inspired whimsy or absurdity."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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