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Making the Grade
Making the Grade
Actors: Judd Nelson, Jonna Lee, Gordon Jump, Walter Olkewicz, Ronald Lacey
Director: Dorian Walker
Genres: Comedy
R     2001     1hr 45min

Higher education flies right off the comedy curve in this hilarious fun-fest loaded with "real out-loud laughs" (Los Angeles Times)! Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo's Fire) is "well cast and likeable" (Los Angele...  more »


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Actors: Judd Nelson, Jonna Lee, Gordon Jump, Walter Olkewicz, Ronald Lacey
Director: Dorian Walker
Creators: Jacques Haitkin, Daniel Wetherbee, Gene Quintano, Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus, Charles Gale
Genres: Comedy
Sub-Genres: School Days
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 10/02/2001
Original Release Date: 05/18/1984
Theatrical Release Date: 05/18/1984
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 45min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish, French

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Member Movie Reviews

Mark L. (Dragonlew) from MEMPHIS, TN
Reviewed on 5/13/2010...
Great movie...made right here in my hometown, Memphis,TN back in 1984.
Shon S. (shon) from HIGHLAND, MI
Reviewed on 9/15/2009...
good movie kinda old school comedy

Movie Reviews

"A manly laugh, for manly men such as we."
Christoph B. Gondek | Portland, OR USA | 08/24/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I know what you're thinking. "Judd Nelson in a 80's teen movie. Pass" Such is your misfortune, because Making the Grade is a cut above most 80's teen movies, mainly because of an great supporting cast, led by screenwriter Dana Olsen in one of the great characters from 80's teen flicks, preppy slob Palmer Woodrow III. The plot is fairly simple. Palmer has to graduate from prep school, so, like all rich kids, he hires an impostor from the streets (Judd Nelson) to impersonate him at his new prep school, while he spends some quality slacking time. Unfortunately, he has picked a guy with a questionable pass, which will return to haunt them all. The two leads aren't very interesting and the fish out of water plot is hardly new, but once you get past that, you will be laughing at everyone else in the movie. Just remember Palmer's creed, "I'm rich, I don't have to be nice," and all will be well."
Another '80s Drive-in Classic!
Mr Doug Gordon | Toronto, ON Canada | 03/11/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was surprised to see this movie available on DVD. It was a long time since I had seen this movie, and viewing it again brought back some great memories from the '80s. Judd Nelson plays a street kid that switches places with a rich guy, and goes to Prep School for him. Lots of Preppies, and laughs are what this movie is all about! This classic was a Golan & Globus Production, which also gave us movies like "Breakin'", and "Invasion USA" If you like '80s teem comedies, this one is a "must have" for your collection."
Great period flick!!!
John Santiago | FPO, AP United States | 08/31/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

""'ha-ha-haa, ha-ha-haa, ha-ha-ha-ha-haa-haaaa' a manly laugh, for manly men such as we" These, and other infamous quotes will undoubtedly go down in history as misunderstood genius. Or, maybe, they will just go down in history. Regardless, Making the Grade chronicles the mishaps of that zany group, Palmer, Eddie, and the charasmatic Dice, as they trapse throughout Hoover prep in search of Love, money, and those last 11 minutes on the hour. In addition, the sound track by Shandi brings such incredible emotional swells that one can only be reduced to tears. Even if you aren't a fan of 80s B movie genre, you find a loveable cast carving out shards of humanity in a humanistic drama wrought by cunning deception and vengeful greed. A great movie depicting a classic era. Its also a great educational film. Quotes like "remember, its almost NEVER the letter E" got me through a prestigious medical school. Give this one time, its an acquired taste, like Brie. You will love it."