What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Back to School is a 1986 comedy starring Rodney Dangerfield as a successful businessman who decides to attend the college his son attends in order to finally get his degree. There is brief nudity (bare breasts), frequent profanity (including "f--k" and "p---y"), and plentiful sexual innuendos in Dangerfield's frequent and hilarious quips. In one scene, a history professor refers to Asians as "rice eaters," and in another scene, Dangerfield makes a joke involving homosexual rape. As an '80s college movie, there are the requisite scenes of blowout parties with binge drinking. Still, for teens and older, Back to School is a classic of its genre -- a movie in which Dangerfield's pitch-perfect one-liners shine through in every scene.
- Families can talk about '80s movies set in colleges. Why do you think this was such a popular genre during that decade?
- What aspects of the movie seem dated to you? Do the dated aspects make this film more or less enjoyable? If you could remake the movie, who would you cast in the roles?
- Could the story of the movie alone sustain interest, or is the entertainment value primarily from Rodney Dangerfield's constant quips and one-liners?