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Private School (1983)





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Three of the hallmarks of education in America -- nudity, teenage sex, and big, destructive gags -- are on plentiful display in this teen comedy. Christine (Phoebe Cates), a student at an exclusive all-girls private school, is in love with Jim (Matthew Modine), who attends an academy for boys nearby. Christine's archrival Jordan (Betsy Russell) also has her eye on Jim, and she is willing to do whatever she can to steal him away. Jim's über-slob buddy Bubba (Michael Zorek) is going with Betsy (Kathleen Wilhoite), Christine's cynical friend, though he would probably be unfaithful if any other woman were willing to get near him. Bubba and his pals sneak into the girls' school dressed in drag in hopes of reaching the Promised Land (better known as the women's shower room), while Christine and Jim run away together for the weekend, though their escapade isn't as romantic as they had hoped. Among the adults observing the chaos are Ray Walston, Fran Ryan, Martin Mull, and Sylvia Kristel; one of the sexy students on display is future scream queen Brinke Stevens. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Phoebe Cates
as Christine Ramsey
Betsy Russell
as Jordan Leigh-Jensen
Sylvia Kristel
as Ms. Regina Copoletta
Ray Walston
as Chauncey
Fran Ryan
as Miss Dutchbok
Richard Stahl
as Mr. Flugel
Julie Payne
as Coach Whelan
Frank Aletter
as Mr. Leigh-Jensen
Frances Bay
as Birdie Fallmouth
Bill Wray
as Bandleader
Zale Kessler
as Desk Clerk
Steve Levitt
as Bellboy
Lynda Wiesmeier
as School Girl
Christy Curtis
as School Girl
Lori Plager
as School Girl
Joni Lynn Ward
as School Girl
Martin Mull
as Drug Store Clerk (uncredited)
Brinke Stevens
as School Girl (uncredited)
Zetta Whitlow
as School Girl
Vernon Scott
as Dorm Boy
Robert Parker
as Dorm Boy
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Critic Reviews for Private School

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Why are all these movies so anti-woman? Why are all the jokes about nudity directed at women? Why are the girls the only ones embarrassed in public?

June 18, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Private School's mostly tolerable atmosphere is due almost entirely to the charm of the eclectic cast...

December 21, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Private School is one of the most reviled movies in a monumentally despised genre. Hardcore porn has a better reputation than does Private School.

July 15, 2002 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Private School


Filled with sniggering juvenile humor, yet overcomes regular urges for ejection with a steady supply of tremendous titties. Of all the '80s teen sex comedies that flooded the rental shelves, Private School has the best-looking cast. Leading the way is Betsy Russell and her knockout knockers - the bareback riding scene ought to be at least as famous as Phoebe Cates' swimsuit flash in Fast Times At Ridgemont High. Oh, did I just mention Phoebe Cates? Cos she's in here too! Only brief nudity on the beach, but she's just so darn irresistibly cute.throughout. Then there's sex goddess Emmanuelle herself Sylvia Kristel on the faculty, and you'll never hear Bow Wow Wow's "I Want Candy" without pitching a pants tent once permanently associated with this shower/locker room scene. Not only are they the best looking, but they are probably the best acting bunch found in an '80s TSC. Matthew Modine is the man caught in the middle of Betsy & Phoebe's affections, Ray Walston and Fran Ryan do their schoolmasterly duties, and Michael Zorek is the most affable portrayer of the required 'loudmouth horny fat guy' role. Other indelible moments are Betsy's high temperature striptease and the ending group moonshot. There's plenty to bash about Private School and watching is sometimes a chore, but not many movies feature at least four scenes that you can instantly recall years later.

Doctor Strangeblog
Doctor Strangeblog

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An average predictable teen sex comedy taking place around an all girl private school. The only thing I liked about this movie was Phoebe Cates, and the few funny moments. Overall, it's just okay.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Not a good movie, although it has memorable parts. The best shower nude scene of all time though gives this one some major brownie points. I would've married the shortest girl in the shower that had shoulder length brown hair and a nice ghetto booty, but of course she's uncredited.

Jason Owens
Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

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