Comedy, Retro, Romance, Sport

Retro Film Series Presents

Back To School & Summer School

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Alan Metter’s Back To School
(PG-13, 1986, 96 min)
First-ever screening at Retro!
In this hilarious hit comedy, millionaire businessman Thornton Melon (Rodney Dangerfield) is upset when his son Jason (Keith Gordon) announces that he’s not sure about going to college. Thornton insists that college is the best thing he never had for himself, and to prove his point, he agrees to enroll in school along with his son. Thornton is a big hit on campus: always throwing the biggest parties, knowing all the right people, but is this the way to pass college?

Followed by:

Carl Reiner’s Summer School
(PG-13, 1987, 97 min)
First-ever screening at Retro!
School’s out, and Ocean Front High gym teacher Freddy Shoop (Mark Harmon) has big plans: summer in Hawaii. But the school’s vice-principal has plans for Freddy, too: teaching remedial English to a class of misfits, including a slasher-film addict (Dean Cameron) and a female surfer (Courtney Thorne-Smith). Kirstie Alley is the non-nonsense history professor who’s keeping an eye on all the shenanigans.