The Freshman


The Freshman

Critics 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.



Total Count: 46


Audience Score

User Ratings: 11,830
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Movie Info

This is the story of a college freshman so eager to please he makes a fool of himself and threatens to blow the big game.

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Marlon Brando
as Carmine Sabatini
Matthew Broderick
as Clark Kellogg
Bruno Kirby
as Victor Ray
Penelope Ann Miller
as Tina Sabatini
Frank Whaley
as Steve Bushak
Jon Polito
as Chuck Greenwald
Paul Benedict
as Arthur Fleeber
Richard Gant
as Lloyd Simpson
Kenneth Welsh
as Dwight Armstrong
Pamela Payton-Wright
as Liz Armstrong
B.D. Wong
as Edward
Maximilian Schell
as Larry London
Bert Parks
as Himself
Leo Cimino
as Lorenzo
Gianni Russo
as Maitre D', Gourmet Club
Warren Davis
as Fr. Frank
Vera Lockwood
as Aunt Angelina
Daniel Dion
as Gas Attendant
Marnie Edwards
as Mall Mother
Doug Silberstein
as Mr. Glassman
Joe Ingoldsby
as Waiter in Resturant
Fifi Donahue
as Grand Central Station Booth Lady
Drake Arden
as Student in Fleeber Classroom
David Stratton
as Student in Fleeber Classroom
Geraldine Quinn
as Student in Fleeber Classroom
Derek Mitchell
as Student in Fleeber Classroom
Adrienne Howe
as Mall Patron
Patricia Andrews
as Mall Patron
Roy Edward Disney
as Mall Patron
Amanda Smith
as Mall Patron
Andrew Airlie
as Mall Patron
Daniel DeSanto
as Mall Patron
Wendy Dickson
as Mall Patron
Trivett Christina
as Mall Patron
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Critic Reviews for The Freshman

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (17)

Audience Reviews for The Freshman

  • Mar 22, 2015
    A classic movie I have only just got around to seeing. They don't make films like this anymore. Great performance from Marlon Brando playing off his Godfather role and some good humour and well developed plot make this an enjoyable watch.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2013
    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.
    Kase V Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2011
    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?
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 06, 2011
    an innocent, and funny godfather like comedy with matthew brodrick at his best, and marlon at his greatest. A
    Juan C Super Reviewer

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