Back to School
Back to School (1986)

Self made millionaire (Dangerfield) but down to Earth dad decides to get his college degree to keep his son in college. Dangerfield's wild ways make college life ever more difficult for his son but they both teach each other a few… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: June 13, 1986
DVD Release Date: June 26, 2003
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The vibes, here, are all wrong, and Dangerfield's unique timing is disrupted in most scenes.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

In this very funny Rodney Dangerfield comedy, there has been an important shift in Rodney's entertainment persona, a shift that has made this small film a monster hit.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Classic '80s comedy has lots of profanity, innuendo.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

I mean no disrespect to Rodney Dangerfield in suggesting that Back to School is a comedy that belongs back on the drawing board.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's a good character for Dangerfield, one that veers him away from the 'I don't get no respect' pathos that comes too easily to him, and enough attention is paid to the minimal plot to integrate Dangerfield's classically constructed one-liners.

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Dangerfield proves once again why he's one of the funniest men on screen.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Dangerfield seems to be setting the film's brisk pace and flawless timing himself.

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Time Out

[An] acceptable time-passer.

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Joe Baltake
Philadelphia Daily News

Back to School is furious fun.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
Rodney Dangerfield is one of the greatest stand up comedians ever. His timing and delivery are simply perfect. This films shows that he also had some great… More
Mark Hobin
Not sure why, but this Rodney Dangerfield film actually improves with repeated viewings. Classic 80s comedy.
Aj V
A very funny, but somewhat stupid, comedy starring Dangerfield. There are a couple of really funny jokes, but there are also some not very funny jokes. My… More
Ken Stachnik
The movie is genius
Conner Rainwater
Rodney Dangerfield at the top of his game, giving out laughs and a heartfelt father/son story. The premise is hilarious in itself, but the execution of it is… More
Lenny Muggsy
Classic lines from Dangerfield, along with Caddyshack, best you are going to get from him.