Making the Grade (1984) - Rotten Tomatoes

Making the Grade (1984)

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The time-worn clash between the rich and poor, brought out by switched identities, is the ploy used here to put a streetwise kid into an upper-crust prep school. Palmer (Dana Olsen) does not want to stay at school for his final year, but he needs to graduate in order to receive his mega-buck trust fund. Eddie (Judd Nelson) is a New Jersey native, used to the streets and handling trouble when it comes -- except Eddie's bookie is after him for a bad debt, and when Eddie jumps the prep school's fence to escape his creditor, he almost knocks down Palmer. From that serendipitous meeting, the two decide to swap identities -- or partly so. Eddie will become Palmer and get good grades in the last year of school, for the sum of $10,000 at graduation. And Palmer will go off on his own planned vacation. Eddie soon learns the ways of the rich and famous, but he is quickly back to crap games and porno movies, this time initiating his new schoolmates into that lifestyle and gaining popularity along the way. What follows is a series of misadventures as the bookie shows up at the school to demand his due from Eddie, Eddie falls in love with the daughter of the school's patron, and Palmer comes back.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Comedy
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Studio:
MGM

Cast

Dana Olsen
as Palmer Woodrow
Judd Nelson
as Eddie Keaton
Jonna Lee
as Tracey Hoover
Gordon Jump
as Mr. Harriman
Walter Olkewicz
as Coach Wordman
John Dye
as Skip
John Stevens
as Mr. Hoover
Lucille Ewing
as Mrs. Hoover
Moses Peace
as Regis
Robert Meltzer
as Mr. Townsend
Ray Hill
as Dr. Mueller
Tim Fall
as Caddy
Jeri Boyle
as Elder
Jack Ray
as Chauffeur
Marc G. Wilson
as Scared Freshman
Steve Wilkerson
as Passing Senior
Edgar Orman
as Old Chauffeur
Pam Shirley
as Dicette
Teresa Nix
as Dicette
Mike Crews
as Band leader, Mike Crews (and the Revolving Band)
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Critic Reviews for Making the Grade

All Critics (2)

The filmmakers had studied other teen comedies, but not closely enough to pick up any real feeling for their subjects.

Full Review… | April 2, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Making the Grade

I SERIOUSLY LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! JUDD NELSON IS A GREAT ACTOR,ANDTHIS MOVIE IS SO FUNNY. I LOVE AT THE END HOW EDDIE CONFESSES WHO HE REALLY IS AND TRACY TAKES HIM BACK. CLASSIC '80S MOVIE!!!!

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Rich jagoff hires poor jagoff to go to prep school for him. The obligatory 80's break dance scene has to be the worst cut together pieces of garbage in cinema history w/ Judd Nelson just making stupid faces and moving his head. Total shit. The only reason to watch this is the stellar performance by Dice.

Ryan Donley
Ryan Donley

This movie uses the story of the Prince and the Pauper and applies it to a lazy rich college student and a street smart high school drop out. I think that was a cool idea, even though the end is predictable, and this movie has a lot of funny scenes, I really liked it.

Aj V
Aj V

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