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September 22, 2006

Back to School - 6

This film is comedian Rodney Dangerfield's commentary on higher education. The story arc is a rich business millionaire decides to enroll in college to encourage his son who is about to drop out. It is not that far off from Van Wilder, he parties hard, and ends up buying a few papers to try to pass - including an English paper from Kurt Vonnegut (which really makes my roommate happy, since he has read him thoroughly). In the end, higher education is there for the young to figure out what they want to do in life. The value is in the doing. This film came out in 1986 and actually fits somewhat with Harold Bloom's assessment of higher education in his 1987 work, The Closing of the American Mind. A funny film with some zingers about higher education.

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