Up the Academy (1980)





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A teen comedy that does not quite rise to the level of that age group, this uninspired story features Ron Liebman as the Major, a sadistic instructor at a military school. Ralph Macchio (before his 1984 hit, Karate Kid) and other teens of every stripe suffer through the indignities heaped on them by the Major and do their best with the sexual, ethnic, and racial stereotypes that the script gives them to handle. Robert Downey directs, Tom Patchett and Jay Tarses wrote the screenplay. ~ Eleanor … More

Rating: R
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Tom Patchett, Jay Tarses
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On DVD: Feb 14, 2006


as Chooch

as Major

as Ververgaert

as Sisson

as Commandant Caseway

as Rev. MacArthur

as Mrs. Bombalazzi

as Commandant's Wife

as Mayor Holt's Wife

as Sheik Amier

as Burly Cook

as Assistant Cook

as Tough Upperclassman

as Chester

as Henchman #1

as Henchman #2
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Critic Reviews for Up the Academy

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Cheerfully and rudely haphazard.

Full Review… | May 30, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

In an attempt to follow National Lampoon, it was the first and only film produced by MAD Magazine. One viewing reveals why.

Full Review… | May 30, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

Notable only because its star, Ron Liebman, sued the studio to have his name removed from the credits and advertising.

Full Review… | May 30, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

I can plainly understand why several involved parties lobbied to get their names removed from this film.

Full Review… | February 13, 2006

Audience Reviews for Up the Academy

I really liked this movie, it's very funny and goofy, and it's a good teen story too. If you like teen comedies I highly recommend it, and it's brought to you by Mad Magazine!

Aj V

Super Reviewer

More transgressive than almost any teen comedy, but not funny enough -- though it's funnier than Cracked, funnier than the Lighter Side Of... And it's funnier than Police Academy and more visually interesting than Stripes. Ron Liebman may have taken his name off, but really, his role isn't well-written and his performance is lacking. The movie isn't bad. Also, the soundtrack is hipper than it should be and so is Ralph Macchio.

Adam Mahler

Super Reviewer

This was Mad magazine's first and only attempt to emulate National Lampoon's film success is dull and not-so-hilarious comedy I ever watched.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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