Private School

Private School

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Director: Noel Black

Cast: Noel Black, Phoebe Cates, Betsy Russell, Matthew Modine

     
 

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Three of the hallmarks of education in America -- nudity, teenage sex, and big, destructive gags -- are on plentiful display in this teen comedy. Christine (Phoebe Cates), a student at an exclusive all-girls private school, is in love with Jim (Matthew Modine), who attends an academy for boys nearby. Christine's archrival Jordan (Betsy Russell) also has her eye on Jim… See more details below

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Three of the hallmarks of education in America -- nudity, teenage sex, and big, destructive gags -- are on plentiful display in this teen comedy. Christine (Phoebe Cates), a student at an exclusive all-girls private school, is in love with Jim (Matthew Modine), who attends an academy for boys nearby. Christine's archrival Jordan (Betsy Russell) also has her eye on Jim, and she is willing to do whatever she can to steal him away. Jim's über-slob buddy Bubba (Michael Zorek) is going with Betsy (Kathleen Wilhoite), Christine's cynical friend, though he would probably be unfaithful if any other woman were willing to get near him. Bubba and his pals sneak into the girls' school dressed in drag in hopes of reaching the Promised Land (better known as the women's shower room), while Christine and Jim run away together for the weekend, though their escapade isn't as romantic as they had hoped. Among the adults observing the chaos are Ray Walston, Fran Ryan, Martin Mull, and Sylvia Kristel; one of the sexy students on display is future scream queen Brinke Stevens.

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All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Private School is an oversexed '80s teen comedy that takes the cake as one of the horniest of the genre. While that could be said of much of the films at that time, the amount of out-of-control hormonal activity in this 1983 laugher is downright astounding. From Phoebe Cates to Matthew Modine to even Ray Walston(!), every single lustful soul in the movie's turned-on cast is looking to get some from somebody else by any means possible -- sort of like naïve virgins in a sex-shop candy store gone horribly wrong. While Cates was riding high off of her newfound goddess status after Fast Times at Ridgemont High the year before, it's actually Betsy Russell that stole most young men's hearts in the audience, thanks less to her stellar looks than to her legendary nude slo-mo horseback riding scene. And while most of the gags fall embarrassingly short, Private School ends up not too much better or worse than its peers. At the very least, the movie makes up for its so-so humor with its own brand of sophomoric sexual perversity that's good for a few shocks along the way. Two things it does have going for it are its credit sequences, which feature possibly one of the best opening credit songs in sex comedy history, while the end scroll is preceded by all the girls in the graduating class mooning the camera. Private School might be a product of its time, but for some, it'll be worth a viewing for these gusto moments of out-of-control '80s comedic sexuality.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/05/1998
UPC:
0096898003230
Original Release:
1983
Source:
Universal Studios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Phoebe Cates Christine
Betsy Russell Jordan
Matthew Modine Jim
Michael Zorek Bubba
Fran Ryan Miss Dutchbok
Kathleen Wilhoite Betsy
Ray Walston Chauncey
Sylvia Kristel Ms. Copuletta
Jonathan Prince Roy
Kari Lizer Rita
Richard Stahl Mr. Flugel
Julie Payne Coach Whelan
Frank Aletter Mr. Leigh-Jensen
Frances Bay Birdie Fallmouth
Robert Ackerman Maitre d'
Bill Wray Bandleader
Karen Chase Bambi Leigh-Jensen
Burke Byrnes Ramsay
Zale Kessler Desk Clerk
Steve Levitt Bellboy
Lynda Wiesmeier School Girl
Nadine Van Der Velde School Girl
Vernon Scott Dorm Boy
Douglas Warhit Dorm Boy
Martin Mull Drug Store Clerk (uncredited)
Brinke Stevens School Girl (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Noel Black Director
Paula Abdul Choreography
Fred A. Chulack Editor
Ivo Cristante Production Designer
R. Ben Efraim Producer
Don Enright Producer
Dan Greenburg Screenwriter
Walter Lassally Cinematographer
Stephen Lofaro Asst. Director
Suzanne O'Malley Screenwriter
K.C. Scheibel Set Decoration/Design
Rick Springfield Score Composer
Susumu Tokunow Sound/Sound Designer

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