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The Freshman (1990)

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Critic Consensus: Buoyed by the charm of Matthew Broderick in the title role and Marlon Brando as a caricature of his Godfather persona, The Freshman benefits from solid casting, a clever premise, and sweet humor.


Movie Info

In this farcical comedy, Matthew Broderick plays Clark Kellogg, an aspiring director who arrives in New York City to attend film school. However, moments after he arrives in the city, he's robbed by Victor Ray (Bruno Kirby), leaving him no money for the $700 in books required by his instructor, Arthur Fleeber (Paul Benedict). A few days later, Clark runs into Victor and demands his money back, but Victor has already lost it (on a horse race in which he wasn't entirely sure the animal he bet on … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Andrew Bergman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 30, 1998
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Cast


as Carmone Sabatini

as Clark Kellogg

as Victor Ray

as Tina Sabatini

as Steve Bushak

as Chuck Greenwald

as Arthur Fleeber

as Lloyd Simpson

as Dwight Armstrong

as Liz Armstrong

as Edward

as Larry London

as Himself

as Lorenzo

as Maitre D', Gourmet C...

as Mall Patron

as Fr. Frank

as Aunt Angelina

as Gas Attendant

as Mall Mother

as Mr. Glassman

as Waiter in Resturant

as Grand Central Statio...

as Student in Fleeber C...

as Student in Fleeber C...

as Student in Fleeber C...

as Student in Fleeber C...

as Mall Patron

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Critic Reviews for The Freshman

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (16)

Andrew Bergman's The Freshman is a charmed comedy, the kind of seemingly effortless movie in which everything falls neatly into place, as if ordained by nature.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Brando does a wonderful sendup of Corleone that manages to play off the Don's entrenched place in pop culture. But The Freshman is no copycat comedy.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Though writer-director Andrew Bergman sets up potentially funny situations, the payoffs aren't nearly as clever as they need to be. Many situations don't pay off at all.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Just when you've had it with the mistimed scenes and the clunky direction, writer-director Andrew Bergman comes through with an inspired piece of lunacy.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It's the kind of material that could easily fly apart into silliness, yet Brando and Broderick help the director to keep it anchored in a certain emotional reality, which is always the source of the richest comedy.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Marlon Brando returns to the movies with one of his funniest performances as, in essence, Don Corleone with a screw loose.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Freshman

A clever plot that is only enhanced due to Brando's satiric presence, 'The Freshman' is an enjoyable film whose jokes may fall flat most of the time, but still exudes a charm that makes it worthy of our time.

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Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

Brando spoofs his Godfather role ... that's the draw in this light fah-gettahboutit comedy that has a small town yoot (Broderick, serviceable) visit da Big Apple for the first time --- as a film student at NYU. And what film are they studying? Try ta guess, or y'sleep wit' duh fishes, yo! Bruno Kirby is good as our tour guide, or else ... what could happen wrong? You could refuse dis offer but it wouldn't look good if you did, capeesh?

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ApeneckFletcher
Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

This is a zany adventure comedy with movie legend Marlon Brando and 80s teen cutie Matthew Broderick. Being a fan of both of them, I really enjoyed this movie. It's nothing new, but it is entertaining.

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AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

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