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The Freshman (1990)



Critic Consensus: Buoyed by the charm of Matthew Broderick in the title role and Marlon Brando as a caricature of his Godfather persona, The Freshman benefits from solid casting, a clever premise, and sweet humor.

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This is the story of a college freshman so eager to please he makes a fool of himself and threatens to blow the big game.

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Marlon Brando
as Carmine Sabatini
Matthew Broderick
as Clark Kellogg
Bruno Kirby
as Victor Ray
Penelope Ann Miller
as Tina Sabatini
Frank Whaley
as Steve Bushak
Jon Polito
as Chuck Greenwald
Paul Benedict
as Arthur Fleeber
Richard Gant
as Lloyd Simpson
Kenneth Welsh
as Dwight Armstrong
Pamela Payton-Wright
as Liz Armstrong
B.D. Wong
as Edward
Maximilian Schell
as Larry London
Bert Parks
as Himself
Leo Cimino
as Lorenzo
Gianni Russo
as Maitre D', Gourmet Club
Warren Davis
as Fr. Frank
Vera Lockwood
as Aunt Angelina
Daniel Dion
as Gas Attendant
Marnie Edwards
as Mall Mother
Doug Silberstein
as Mr. Glassman
Joe Ingoldsby
as Waiter in Resturant
Fifi Donahue
as Grand Central Station Booth Lady
Drake Arden
as Student in Fleeber Classroom
David Stratton
as Student in Fleeber Classroom
Geraldine Quinn
as Student in Fleeber Classroom
Derek Mitchell
as Student in Fleeber Classroom
Adrienne Howe
as Mall Patron
Patricia Andrews
as Mall Patron
Roy Edward Disney
as Mall Patron
Amanda Smith
as Mall Patron
Andrew Airlie
as Mall Patron
Daniel DeSanto
as Mall Patron
Wendy Dickson
as Mall Patron
Trivett Christina
as Mall Patron
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Critic Reviews for The Freshman

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (18)

Andrew Bergman's The Freshman is a charmed comedy, the kind of seemingly effortless movie in which everything falls neatly into place, as if ordained by nature.

August 1, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Brando does a wonderful sendup of Corleone that manages to play off the Don's entrenched place in pop culture. But The Freshman is no copycat comedy.

August 1, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Though writer-director Andrew Bergman sets up potentially funny situations, the payoffs aren't nearly as clever as they need to be. Many situations don't pay off at all.

August 1, 2013 | Rating: 3/5

Just when you've had it with the mistimed scenes and the clunky direction, writer-director Andrew Bergman comes through with an inspired piece of lunacy.

August 1, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

It's the kind of material that could easily fly apart into silliness, yet Brando and Broderick help the director to keep it anchored in a certain emotional reality, which is always the source of the richest comedy.

August 1, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4

Marlon Brando returns to the movies with one of his funniest performances as, in essence, Don Corleone with a screw loose.

August 1, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Freshman

A clever plot that is only enhanced due to Brando's satiric presence, 'The Freshman' is an enjoyable film whose jokes may fall flat most of the time, but still exudes a charm that makes it worthy of our time.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

Brando spoofs his Godfather role ... that's the draw in this light fah-gettahboutit comedy that has a small town yoot (Broderick, serviceable) visit da Big Apple for the first time --- as a film student at NYU. And what film are they studying? Try ta guess, or y'sleep wit' duh fishes, yo! Bruno Kirby is good as our tour guide, or else ... what could happen wrong? You could refuse dis offer but it wouldn't look good if you did, capeesh?

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

This is a zany adventure comedy with movie legend Marlon Brando and 80s teen cutie Matthew Broderick. Being a fan of both of them, I really enjoyed this movie. It's nothing new, but it is entertaining.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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