Jonathan, a naive country boy, gets a scholarship to a classy prep school, where he rooms with suave…
Release Year: 1983
Rating: 5.6/10 (4,501 voted)
Lewis John Carlino
Stars: Jacqueline Bisset, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy
Jonathan, a naive country boy, gets a scholarship to a classy prep school, where he rooms with suave, rich and handsome Skip. Skip decides it is his duty to see that Jonathan loses his virginity, so he sends Jonathan to Chicago, where Jonathan meets Ellen, a beautiful older woman, and they be- gin an affair which ends abruptly when Ellen discovers Jonathan is 17. During Christmas break, Jonathan visits Skip's house and discovers that Ellen is Skip's mother. Ellen tells Jonathan to leave when he rejects her advances, but then begins calling him and begging to see him. Finally, Jonathan agrees to meet her and plans to end the affair, but Ellen seduces him–and that's when Skip, who followed Jonathan, discovers them.
Writers: Jim Kouf, David Greenwalt
Anna Maria Horsford
The good news is, Jonathan's having his first affair. The bad news is, she's his roommate's mother!
Release Date: 6 July 1983
Filming Locations: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Did You Know?
The film debuts of Andrew McCarthy (as Johnathan), John Cusack (as Roscoe) and Virginia Madsen (as Lisa).
When Skip appears to climb through the window during the fight, the window is closed.
One thing I don't need right now is the world according to Skippy here. Do us both a favour, huh? Just shut up.
Ok, Mr. Depth. Wallow in it.
Being a young man can be very humiliating.
Class is the story of a shy, clumsy, but very intelligent young man
played by Andrew MaCarthy who transfers to an exclusive prep school for
his senior year of high school. He comes from a working-class
background and has more than a little trouble getting comfortable in
his new surroundings. It doesn't help matters that he has to share a
room with an obnoxious rich kid played by Rob Lowe. Throughout the film
we see McCarthy learn lessons about love, academics, and friendship.
This is a very uneven film; often switching from comedy to heavy-handed
mature themes almost on a dime. The comedy for the most part hits the
mark. The dramatic elements are just not believable.
I have never seen a film go to so much trouble to humiliate its main
character. Some of the things that happen to McCarthy are pretty funny,
but others almost make you feel sorry for the poor kid. McCarthy is
barely on campus for five minutes before Lowe convinces him to put on
women's underwear and parade around in the commons area. McCarthy
thinks it is some type of senior ritual that is done every year, but he
soon finds out that only he is participating in it. Lowe then locks him
out of their dorm and he is forced to climb in through a second story
window with hundreds of other students taunting him. Now that is the
type of thing that can scar for life! There are a few other scenes
where McCarthy's humiliation continues. He journeys to a trendy bar in
Chicago and is made a fool of twice in front of the whole place. In a
show of sympathy, a rich older woman feels sorry for him and takes him
to a motel and nails him. In what has to be one of the biggest
contrivances in movie history, that woman turns out to be Lowe's
unbalanced alcoholic mother! They screw around for a few weekends
before she finds out he goes to her son's school and then promptly runs
out on him. (That would be a hell of a thing to learn!) The film's
biggest laugh comes from the scene directly after that one. In it,
McCarthy is sitting in the rain at a bus stop waiting for Lowe to show
up and give him a lift back to school. He couldn't be any more
depressed until Lowe comes screeching up to the stop; sending a tidal
wave of rain water cascading over the dejected McCarthy! McCarthy is
depressed for quite a while after being dumped, but he is still unaware
that the woman of his dreams was his best friend's mother. In a truly
uncomfortable scene at their home during the Xmas holiday, they meet
again. The film gets way too serious from that point on.
The only laughs in the last half hour stem from the investigation of
stolen SAT tests on the campus by a nerdy bureaucrat from the state
attorney general's office. In one hilarious scene, the students think
the officer is there to bust them for drugs. We see about a hundred
young men scurrying to the bathroom to flush all of their joints,
pills, and whatnot. One guy even tries to flush an entire pot plant
that's about six feet high! Towards the end, things get really serious.
Lowe finally finds out his mother and McCarthy are screwing around. He
knows McCarthy illegally bought an SAT test. Will he turn him in? Will
the boys get into Harvard? What will become of Lowe's parents? What
will become of McCarthy's dog? If you care enough to find out, give
this film a chance. If nothing else, it has some very early
performances by some people who went on to greater things. It was
McCarthy's debut. Alan Ruck, John Cusak, Virginia Madsen (nice boob
shot, by the way!), and several other recognizable faces are present.
6 of 10 stars.
So sayeth the Hound.