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Parade in women's underpants? That's 'Class'



Class TODAY'S RETRO-REVIEW: The 1983 coming-of-age classic "Class," starring Robe Lowe, Andrew McCarthy and Jacqueline Bisset. Directed by Lewis Carlino, whose best-known work was writing and directing 1979's "The Great Santini."

THE PLOT: A naive and shy boy (McCarthy) gets a scholarship to an elite prep school, where he falls victim to classmates' pranks (the old "parade in women's underpants" gag. Classic.) before falling in love with a woman (Bisset) who turns out to be the mother of his rich, classy roommate (Lowe).

MAYBE YOU REMEMBER: The name of the bar where "Jonathan" meets Mrs. Burroughs is the "Free and Easy Club." However, the address he's dropped off at is the real-life address for Mother's -- the bar made so famous in the 80s flick "About Last Night."

SURELY YOU CAN'T FORGET: The movie was a who's-who of future young stars of Hollywood, including John Cusack, Alan Ruck, Joan Cusack and Virginia Madsen.

THE TUNES: Was there a soundtrack? I can't find one for sale. But among the better tunes included in the movie -- "Holiday in Cambodia" by the Dead Kennedys and "Little Drummer Boy" by Joan Jett.

WHAT THE CRITICS SAID: "An uncomfortable, inconsistent movie that doesn't really pay off -- a movie in which everything points to two absolutely key scenes that are, inexplicably, the two most awkward scenes in the film." -- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.

WHY WE LOVE IT ANYWAY: Rob Lowe shows his rare comic genius in only his second Hollywood movie (the first being "The Outsiders.") His Halloween costume -- dressing as Jesus -- remains the highlight of the movie. His success here no doubt kick-started his career in the 80s, though it's a shame he didn't keep his hand in comedy.


5. "I usually have at least a month, before I am faced with student in womens underwear or an artists rendering of my persona dangling from the rafters."

4. "Jonathan, until you get laid none of us are safe!"

3. "It was a lousy thing to do. But I was just so humiliated I just had to kill myself."

2. Not only are you forbidden to attend the Halloween dance, but you are the first student in the history of Vernon Academy ever to be banned from Foxfield until, and I quote, 'The day you die.' "

1. "Worriest thou not about being banished for ever from the Foxfield school for girls, for yea, thought they are the only females within a 100 miles, there is still a place where thou canst journey to. Chicago, on the nine o'clock bus."

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