A drifter returns to his Florida hometown only to discover that his father, the local mayor, was the victim of a mysterious murder during his absence. Vowing to find the killer and avenge his fathers death, he starts his own investigation.
When someone tries to murder watchmaker Eddy Kay, the incident triggers a barrage of nightmares and flashbacks into a past that isn't his own. Fearing for his sanity, Eddy contacts ... See full summary »
Lazy preppie Palmer Woodrow hires street-smart Eddie Keaton to go to school for him while he lives it up in Europe. Eddie falls in love with preppie gal Tracey, upsetting Biff, the Hoover Academy bully. When his bookie from the old neighborhood, Dice, comes to collect on Eddie's gambling debts and Palmer returns early from Europe, the the scheme slowly starts to unravel. Soon, Eddie can't even tell whose side he's really on.Written by
Tim Kretschmann <Tim.K@VirComm.com>
The original composer for the film was Danny Elfman, who was suggested by Richard Kraft who was the head of music of Cannon films at the time and was immediately rejected by the film producers to score the film. Kraft would later become Elfman's agent along with the late Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein and Basil Poledouris among others, after he was fired from Cannon Films after this film was completed in post-production See more »
When Eddie/Palmer is finishing his breakdance moves at the mixer, his spin finishes with his left leg over his right and in the next scene, his right leg is over his left. See more »
"Making the Grade" chronicles the mishaps of that zany group, Palmer, Eddie, and the charismatic Dice, as they trapse throughout Hoover prep in search of love, money, and those last 11 minutes on the hour. In addition, the sound track by Shandi brings such incredible emotional swells that one can only be reduced to tears. The two songs by Shandi were great. One thing I couldn't understand was the Jonna Lee appeal. Her character and she herself were boring. The plot of the movie was complicated enough to be funny but not so convoluted that we were scratching our heads trying to figure it out. The coach and the Diceman (in his first appearance as his alter ego) were amusing too. Judd Nelson and Dana Olsen were so great in this movie that I really wish a sequel had been made. And a soundtrack. This movie is silly for sure but good fun and a definite 80's classic. Even if you aren't a fan of 80's B-movie genre, you find a lovable cast carving out shards of humanity in a humanistic drama wrought by cunning deception and vengeful greed. It's also a great educational film.
Overall rating: 7 out of 10.
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