Back to School, Back to School, To Prove To My Son That I’m Not A Fool – Back to School (1986)

by Cesidia on August 15, 2012

thumbnailThis week we return to the “Back to School” theme with none other than the movie…Back to School. I will admit, this was my first time watching it. And I finally realized what I had been missing. Supposedly, my mother had told me that I would love it but I would continually brush it off. It wasn’t until some of my friends suggested I review it that I checked it out. And I loved it. Definitely a great movie everyone should see. It should be added to the list of movies you should watch before you go to college. This movie has got it all, funny dads, hilarious scenes, attractive guys and of course the one and only Robert Downey Jr. Yes for those who thought they made a connection that crazy friend of Jason’s is in fact the very young Downey. To be honest he actually does a pretty good job for one of his first movies.

For starters this story it great. How many movies do you see a man attempting to go to college with his son? And on top of that his son thinks its a great idea and is eager to hang out with his father? Aside from the fact it’s pretty absurd, it’s genius. Rodney Dangerfield does an amazing job as playing the father. His humor brings back the hilarity of what comedy used to be. The fact that their teacher falls for his stupidity and funny side is also really funny. Why sure he’s a millionaire but it’s almost no contest, even from the start she seems to fall for him right away.

I think one of the best parts of the movie are the various diving scenes. My sister is a diver so it was funny to watch these scenes because now I can actually judge how well people perform better. I love when they do absolutely horrible because in real life that rarely happens. No one actually does that bad on a dive. And the triple flip thing that Thornton does at the very end of the diving meet, it’s ridiculous. I would love to see someone in real life attempt that kind of dive. But it makes the movie with its ridiculousness and absurdity.

The other thing I find hilarious is that everyone love Thornton on campus I mean he could be their father’s (literally) but everyone seems to wanna be his friend. They adore his parties and his presence everywhere. In real life people would stay far away from that. If someone who is not the “normal age” of a college student people wouldn’t go near that person. But everyone loves Thornton, and not just because he’s a millionaire. He’s smart, funny and knows how to have fun.

I think this movie is great and everyone should watch it at least once in their lifetime. It’s one of those light hearted movies and goes perfectly with all the other school related movies: funny, light and even family-friendly for the most part. Plus I think this movie does a pretty good job of portraying real life. College is not 100% the same as in the movie but it’s closer than a lot of movies depict them. So this week when you start packing up for college, unable to stand the wait to get out, waste an hour or so watching this movie. Although to warn you, it will probably wanna make you get to college even quicker than before you watch it, but it’s still a must see.

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