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Back To School


“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” ― Mark Twain

Back To School is 96 minutes of Rodney Dangerfield’s famous one-liners with some filler about parties and school and diving meets, aka totally hilarious. Thornton Melon is a totally self-made millionaire, but lacking a formal education. After his wife cheats on him, Thornton decides to visit his son at college where he finds out that his son is miserable. To help his son out (and because he is clearly having a mid-life crisis of some sort), he decides to enroll too! Money is thrown everywhere, ridiculous stunts are pulled to get him, his son, and their roommate what they want. Having Oingo Boingo play your dorm party? Sure. Hiring Kurt Vonnegut to write a paper about himself? Why not! Of course, you can’t buy everything.

Despite having all of this money, Thornton is nothing less than an awesome guy. He loves his son, he is free with his money and favors. The big issue is that he’s so used to buying things and doing what he wants when he wants, he doesn’t handle the responsibilities of college too well. But in the end, with a studying montage, he is able to pull through and squeak by with a solid D average! The American dream.

(Yes, I see the watermark. You see what comes up when you google image search ‘Back To School’ and find me some better screencaps!)

Starring Rodney Dangerfield (Caddyshack, Ladybugs), Sally Kellerman (MASH, her voice), Burt Young (all of the Rocky movies), Keith Gordon (Christine, director), Terry Farrell (DS9, Hellraiser III), Adrienne Barbeau (Escape From New York [she was married to John Carpenter], Carnivale), and William Zabka (the blonde bully from The Karate Kid and Just One of the Guys, Hot Tub Time Machine). Robert Downey Jr. is really good as the roommate, sadly his career never really took off. Who knows what he’s up to these days.

This is a great movie to play ‘spot the cameo’. Can you find Robert Picardo from Star Trek Voyager?

Entree: If you have Vegan Sandwiches, I recommend The Party Monster (page 124), or the recipe posted below! Rodney Dangerfield dumps a couple of appetizer trays into a hollowed out loaf, so I picked the sandwich that I thought was closest match, in spirit, to that strange concoction (no deviled eggs here).
Side: Dive into this three layer (Triple Lindy) dip!
Dessert: It’s just not college without copious amounts of beer (cupcakes). You should really use Miller to make it a proper tribute.

Jimwich, from Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day, posted with permission from Celine Steen (special thanks to Tami’s husband for inventing this!)

For Seitan

1 pound Moo-Free Seitan (page 180, or use your favorite), thinly sliced
1/2 c dry red wine
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp smoked salt

For barbequed onions and dressing

1 tsp olive oil
1 1/4 c thinly sliced onion
3 tbsp barbeque sauce
1/3 c vegan mayonnaise (okay, there is one recipe that calls for vegan mayo!)
1 tbsp mustard
2 tsp hot sauce
2 tsp white wine vinegar

For fried pickles
1 1/4 c dill pickles, cut into 1/2 inch rounds and patted dry
6 tbsp flour, divided
canola oil, for cooking
1/2 c non-dairy milk
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

For seitan and sandwiches

1 baguette, 20 inches long, halved lengthwise and some of inside removed
2 c shredded lettuce
1 large tomato, sliced

To make the seitan: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Combine the seitan, wine, pepper, and salt in a 9 x 13 inch pan. Baked for ten minutes, or until the liquid has evaporated.

To make the onions: Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for ten minutes, or until softened. Stir in the sauce. Cook for two minutes longer. Set aside and keep until warm.

To make the dressing: Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth.

To make the pickles: Line a plate with paper towels. In a medium-size bowl, toss the pickles with one tablespoon of the floor. Pour 1/4 an inch of oil into a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat. in a pie plate, stir together the milk, remaining five tablespoons of flour, baking powder, and paprika. Working in batches, dip the floured pickles into the batter, then place in the skillet. Cook for three minutes, or until golden. Turn and cook the other side for two minutes. transfer to the plate to drain.

To assemble the sandwiches: Spread the dressing evenly on both sides of the bread. Layer with the seitan, onions, pickles, lettuce, and tomato; replace the top of the bread. Cut int four pieces and serve.

posted: 12 October 13
under: 80s, comedy

43 Responses to “Back To School”

  1. Stephanie says:

    I love Kyle Kinane!

  2. Mari says:

    I’m with you on the dislike of Cook! I love Steve Martin.

  3. Shannon says:

    I love Eddie Izzard! I feel like he’d enjoy a good sandwich.

  4. Amy says:

    Margaret Cho.

  5. I still need to watch this movie, I’m a sucker for 80’s movies and a good one-liner. My favorite comedian of all time is George Carlin, but its actually more a way of life than fan worship lol.

  6. Lori says:

    The older I get, the more I appreciate George Carlin.

  7. Rebecca B says:

    Steve Martin! Movies are great and his tweets are funny. Good musician too.

  8. joanna says:

    paul f. tompkins!

  9. Joan says:

    Damn only one? I guess. Gotta go with George Carlin cause he has consistently been a fave since childhood. Yup I was THAT kid.

  10. Bethany says:

    Back to School is one of my favorite movies…”You’re the guy in the obnoxious commercials…you’re Tall and Fat!” “Yeah, well, you’re short and ugly, give me my pen back.” Classic! My favorite comedian is probably Will Ferrell. Elf is another one of those endlessly quotable films!

  11. megs says:

    Louis C.K.. I know, like, me and everyone else at the moment. But it’s true.

  12. Samantha Remington says:

    I love Gabriel Iglesias

  13. Michelle Sferruzzo says:


  14. Candy Beans says:

    Adrienne Barbeau! I always think of MST3K when I think of her. That said, Joel Hodgson is still one of my top comedians.

    And I have to add my voice to the chorus: Dane Cook is awful.

  15. Billy says:

    Garry Shandling

  16. poopiebitch says:

    I can’t believe I’ve never even heard of that movie! I should check it out. My favorite comedian is Eddie Izzard.

  17. Allicia says:

    I love Louis C.K.

  18. claire says:

    mitch hedberg forever!

  19. Cadry says:

    This sounds like an entertaining movie, and I especially like the sounds of the spot the cameo feature. 🙂

    My favorite comedian is Ricky Gervais. I saw him do stand-up in LA a few years ago and experienced the laughing so hard it hurts variety of evening. His bit about Humpty Dumpty is my favorite. I could hear it over and over like a favorite song.

  20. Jessica says:

    Mr Bean, amazing timing and family friendly.

  21. I feel like I was practically raised by George Carlin. I was an only child and I spent a great deal of my alone time watching his stand-ups between the ages of 8 and college. (“College” is an age, right?)
    Currently I love Amy Poehler and Louis C.K.

  22. George Carlin. THE END.

  23. moonsword says:

    Robin Williams…he’s like Tigger on a pogostick on a sugar pop high. 🙂

  24. Kate s. says:

    Does Bill Murray count? Genius.

  25. Gotta love Patton Oswalt…!

  26. FoodFeud says:

    Haha I remember being very wary of Rodney Dangerfield until a friend forced me to watch this movie.
    my favorite comedian is still Janeane Garafolo, even though her jokes are about Spanx these days. <3

  27. Anne says:

    I also love Rodney but will pick a comedian other than him — Jerry Seinfeld.

  28. Malinda says:

    My favorite comedian is Margaret Cho. 🙂

  29. John says:

    Billy Zabka should be given a special Academy Award for best prick ever. Hmmm, I guess David Cross.

  30. Jacqui Pappas says:

    I’m old school. Jerry Lewis & Lucille Ball are genius’!

  31. Lizzie says:

    I have been kind of obsessed with “Three’s Company” lately, and I think John Ritter is brilliant. 🙂

  32. Hindy says:

    My favorite has always been Robin Williams!

  33. Joy Clendening says:

    I think my favorite comedian is Ellen. She’s funny, compassionate and cute. Triple threat.

  34. Claryn says:

    Honestly? I super dislike most comedy-for-comedy’s sake. I’m sure there’s cool stuff out there, but I just haven’t ever had the patience to wade through the loads of comedians that rely on tired stereotypes to turn a joke. I am the biggest party pooper!

  35. supercarrot says:

    (i’m not entering the giveaway)

    concidentally, we just watched this movie this past weekend. (i think it might have been my first time. i loved it!) RDJ was amazing! it was a reasonable backstory for tony stark too. (i totally saw iron man in his little movements and expressions. an emo-goth tony stark. amazing!) <3

  36. gaileee says:

    Steve Martin! Saw him in concert way back in the 70’s! Plus on the Glen Campbell show playing his banjo!


  37. Stephanie says:

    Paul F Tomkins!!!!

  38. MollyG says:

    Jamie Kilstein (http://jamiekilstein.com/) or Myq Kaplan (http://myqkaplan.com/)! They are both vegan and amazing with words. Jamie is super progressive and funny and Myq is really intellectual with his humor. They are both great to watch!

  39. charj says:

    Eddie Murphy

  40. Cali says:

    Jim Gaffagan is my favorite stand up.

    Tho I did love Rodney in Little Nicky with Adam Sandler.

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