I watched this tonight…oh how I miss Rodney Dangerfield. This movie was released in 1986 and while it’s not in the class of Caddyshack or Animal House…it’s a fun movie to pass the time.
Rodney plays a very rich owner (Thorton Melon) of Tall and Fat shops and has a son (Jason Melon) going to college played by Keith Gordon. Thorton catches his wife cheating…many times and they get a divorce. Jason lies to his dad about being on the swim team and in reality, is about to quit college. Thorton decides to be the oldest freshman on campus and joins his son in college.
Three interesting appearances in this movie…A young Robert Downey Jr…. he plays the eccentric best friend of Jason, Sam Kinison who plays a very loud Professor…and Kurt Vonnegut who plays himself.
This movie is a fun little comedy and Dangerfield gets off some really good one-liners:
With the shape my body is in, I could donate it to science fiction.
Bring a pitcher of beer every seven minutes until someone passes out, then bring one every ten minutes.
No kids? Well, get yourself some. Take it all. [hands officer more cash] And just remember, the best thing about kids… is making them!
I don’t know. I can’t figure women out. Today, they’re… independent. They only think about themselves. Why, during sex, Vanessa – she used to scream out her own name!
Probably the most famous scene of the movie.