Genre Guesstimation – Class (1983)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Christopher Cooper of Angelman’s Place and we will be reviewing our favorite 80’s Teen Sex Comedies

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of March by sending them to teenagechris@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Christopher!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of 80’s Teen Sex Comedies.

“Is this meant to amuse me, Mr Burroughs? Why don’t you stop by my office about 8 in the morning. To give you time to think about what you’ve done and to give me time to think about what I’m going to do. Oh, and, um… please invite your “dead” roommate.” – Mr. Bernhardt

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Mar 2019)

Brief Synopsis – The new boy at a prep school finds love with an older woman, but when it turns out that she is his roommates mother, things get even more complicated.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about quite often in the 80’s, but never really had much of a desire to see despite its stellar cast.

The movie is actually quite mediocre and fails to explore this intriguing premise in a more enjoyable fashion.

The story is presented poorly and even with such a talented cast, it doesn’t remain enjoyable at all.

The plot is filled with so many holes that there are more unanswered questions by the end than there should be.

As a film about teenagers in a boarding school, obviously the students case lots of havoc with their antics and some of them are actually quite funny.

Overall though, this film feels as if it’s missing something integral that would have helped make it that much more enjoyable and interesting.

Bottom Line – Mediocre film that has an interesting premise that isn’t explored well enough for the film to be more enjoyable. Impressive cast is somewhat wasted since this story isn’t presented well at all.  The plot is filled with lots of holes which raises too many questions that remain unanswered. The antics of the characters are humorous enough for a film about teenagers but something feels missing te entire time that would have made this so much better.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Debut in a filmed production for actors Andrew McCarthy, John Cusack, and Virginia Madsen. For actors Alan Ruck and Rob Lowe, this 1983 movie was the second feature film audiences saw them in, both their first films having also being released earlier in the same 1983 year. And the picture was the debut cinema movie of actress Lolita Davidovich who had previously appeared on television. The DVD sleeve notes incorrectly state that the film was Rob Lowe’s debut, Lowe having previously been seen in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders (1983). (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really. McCarthy, Lowe and Bisset are all fine here, but none really stand out and the story is a bit tiresome instead of intriguing.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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2 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Class (1983)

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