The Freshman
The Freshman (1990)

This is the story of a college freshman so eager to please he makes a fool of himself and threatens to blow the big game.

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: July 20, 1990
DVD Release Date: June 30, 1998
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Buoyed by the charm of Matthew Broderick in the title role and Marlon Brando as a caricature of his Godfather persona, The Freshman benefits from solid casting, a clever premise, and sweet humor.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

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.

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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles 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.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The Freshman is like no other comedy. Just when you think you've figured it out, it ambles away.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times

Here's a chance to see a mellow Marlon Brando in his greatest comedy performance.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Marlon Brando returns to the movies with one of his funniest performances as, in essence, Don Corleone with a screw loose.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

The Freshman has dead spots, certainly, but makes up for them with its moments of inspired craziness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Kase Vollebregt
A clever plot that is only enhanced due to Brando's satiric presence, 'The Freshman' is an enjoyable film whose jokes may fall flat most of the… More
danny d
one of the truly brilliant comedies of the 1990's, and already a film being grossly overlooked. ive never been a big broderick fan, but this may be his… More
Kevin M. Williams
Brando spoofs his Godfather role ... that's the draw in this light fah-gettahboutit comedy that has a small town yoot (Broderick, serviceable) visit da Big… More
Cindy I
I always try to give Matthew Broderick the benefit of the doubt since I liked him in Ferris Beuller so much, but he keeps disappointing me.
Aj V
This is a zany adventure comedy with movie legend Marlon Brando and 80s teen cutie Matthew Broderick. Being a fan of both of them, I really enjoyed this movie.… More
Conner Rainwater
Aside from the above average performance from Marlon Brando, this a completely uninteresting and bland film. It is a lazy attempt at a coming of age story, that… More

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