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Private School (1983)





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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 (Kathleen Wilhoite), Christine's cynical friend, though he would probably be unfaithful if any other woman were willing to get near him. Bubba and his pals sneak into the girls' school dressed in drag in hopes of reaching the Promised Land (better known as the women's shower room), while Christine and Jim run away together for the weekend, though their escapade isn't as romantic as they had hoped. Among the adults observing the chaos are Ray Walston, Fran Ryan, Martin Mull, and Sylvia Kristel; one of the sexy students on display is future scream queen Brinke Stevens. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Dan Greenburg, Suzanne O'Malley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 6, 2007
Universal Pictures


Phoebe Cates
as Christine Ramsey
Betsy Russell
as Jordan Leigh-Jensen
Sylvia Kristel
as Ms. Regina Copoletta
Ray Walston
as Chauncey
Fran Ryan
as Miss Dutchbok
Richard Stahl
as Mr. Flugel
Julie Payne
as Coach Whelan
Frank Aletter
as Mr. Leigh-Jensen
Frances Bay
as Birdie Fallmouth
Bill Wray
as Bandleader
Zale Kessler
as Desk Clerk
Steve Levitt
as Bellboy
Lynda Wiesmeier
as School Girl
Christy Curtis
as School Girl
Lori Plager
as School Girl
Martin Mull
as Drug Store Clerk (un...
Joni Lynn Ward
as School Girl
Brinke Stevens
as School Girl (uncredi...
Zetta Whitlow
as School Girl
Vernon Scott
as Dorm Boy
Robert Parker
as Dorm Boy
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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.

Full Review… | July 15, 2002

Audience Reviews for Private School

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.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Not a good movie, although it has memorable parts. The best shower nude scene of all time though gives this one some major brownie points. I would've married the shortest girl in the shower that had shoulder length brown hair and a nice ghetto booty, but of course she's uncredited.

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer


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.

Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

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