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Private School (1983)


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Release Date: Jul 29, 1983 Wide



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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


Comedy, Romance

Suzanne O'Malley, Dan Greenburg

Mar 6, 2007

Universal Pictures

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Private School is one of the most reviled movies in a monumentally despised genre. Hardcore porn has a better reputation than does Private School.

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An average predictable teen sex comedy taking place around an all girl private school. The only thing I liked about this movie was Phoebe Cates, and the few funny moments. Overall, it's just okay.
January 14, 2011

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80s teen sex comedy. Nothing here you haven't seen in all the others. Made for horny young guys with lots of opportunities to voyeuristically view the female form. Betsy Russell provides much of the voyeuristic excitement. Cates and Modine are a fake young couple, but not the most contrived of the couples. And the talented Walston is unfortunately unfunny and base in the film.
January 21, 2009

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Filled with sniggering juvenile humor, yet overcomes regular urges for ejection with a steady supply of tremendous titties. Of all the '80s teen sex comedies that flooded the rental shelves, Private School has the best-looking cast. Leading the way is Betsy Russell and her knockout knockers - the bareback riding scene ought to be at least as famous as Phoebe Cates' swimsuit flash in Fast Times At Ridgemont High. Oh, did I just mention Phoebe Cates? Cos she's in here too! Only brief nudity on the beach, but she's just so darn irresistibly cute.throughout. Then there's sex goddess Emmanuelle herself Sylvia Kristel on the faculty, and you'll never hear Bow Wow Wow's "I Want Candy" without pitching a pants tent once permanently associated with this shower/locker room scene.

Not only are they the best looking, but they are probably the best acting bunch found in an '80s TSC. Matthew Modine is the man caught in the middle of Betsy & Phoebe's affections, Ray Walston and Fran Ryan do their schoolmasterly duties, and Michael Zorek is the most affable portrayer of the required 'loudmouth horny fat guy' role.

Other indelible moments are Betsy's high temperature striptease and the ending group moonshot. There's plenty to bash about Private School and watching is sometimes a chore, but not many movies feature at least four scenes that you can instantly recall years later.
September 6, 2013
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