Making the Grade Film Details
Overview: A spoiled rich young man hires a young hustler, who lives in a broken car and owes money to a dicey loan shark, to take his place in his elite prep school and graduate for him.
Tagline: His major was attitude.
Review: From the people who brought you “Missing In Action” series and “Masters Of The Universe” and who destroyed the Christopher Reeve “Superman” franchise, Israeli Golan-Globus but better known to us watchers as The Cannon Group comes this awful, obnoxious and painfully dull Pygmalion mistaken identity person switch movie. Here, Nelson plays Eddie Keaton, a degenerate gambler who sleeps in his car and hustles everything to exist. Great set-up for what we think is to come. Nope. He darts from bookie Andrew Dice Clay, aptly named Dice and stumbles across Palmer Woodrow (Dana Olsen) a rich spoiled unambitious gnudnick. Made so much more awful that even his parents want nothing to do with him. BUT they give him an ultimatum: get a high school degree or he’s cut from the trust. Pretty simple premise. Here he decides to hire Eddie to infiltrate a hoity toity boarding school posing as him to get that degree. Never mind Eddie looks to be 30 years old. Fortunately, so do the rest of the student body at Hoover Academy (H.A. get it, Ha!) While posted up as a fake Palmer Woodrow, Eddie gets sucked into the yuppie/preppie lifestyle due to a stunningly angelic WASPy girl name Tracey Hoover (Jonna Lee). Her namesake adorns the academy since her grandfather founded it. Don’t get me started on the casting of her parents which look to be in their 60’s already. Anyway, hijinks ensue. Or so you would think. Unfortunately, it is a paint by numbers 80’s comedy which doesn’t even paint properly. For a hustler Eddie does nothing remotely…hustly. He isn’t funny. He seems dour and miserable (as I think Nelson seems to be in such weak material) and is overshadowed by Dana Olsen (real Palmer) who seems to REALLY enjoy his role. The only saving grace, to be perfectly honest. There are no real bad guys in this movie. They are all equally obnoxious. MAYBE, doe-eyed innocent Tracey may be the only breath of fresh air in an otherwise trope filled trash. I mean, I kept forgetting that they were in high school. This is not a fun movie to even sit through. For a rated R flick it lacks a great deal of bawdiness. The rest is a drag. Given how awful this flick is, there is a better way to skate through it with fun, if they were to make it for the 21st Century audience. Though I’m not entirely sure how PC culture could deal with stock characters such as “the nerd” or “the jock”. It has the right ingredients for a solid fun film, it just didn’t know the right tempo and atmosphere. This does remind me a little of “Back To School.” Which is a fun movie that relies on you to do the same thing…let the slob be a slob. BUT, Nelson obviously lacks the courage to be “unlikeable” or, in the case of Rodney Dangerfield, understand he isn’t the leading man. Overall, it was a complete waste of time. Which I don’t say often.
Country: United States
Duration: 105 min
Genre: Comedy, Romance
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