Back to School Movie Poster
  • Released
  • PG-13, 1 hr 36 min
  • Comedy
  • 17 Fan Ratings

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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 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 those older, Back to School is a classic of its genre -- a movie in which Dangerfield's pitch-perfect one-liners shine in every scene.

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  • Consumerism
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