They Don’t Make ‘Em Like This Anymore

For better or worse.

Here’s Making the Grade, a forgettable Judd Nelson film shot at Rhodes College in Memphis back in 1984.

Enjoy or don’t, you dirty bastards!

Palmer Woodrow (Dana Olsen) is a rich prep school kid who rarely attends class and has been expelled from numerous prep schools. His parents are traveling internationally and inform him that he has been enrolled at Hoover Academy and he has one last chance to graduate or he will be cut off financially. Meanwhile, Eddie Keaton (Judd Nelson) is a small-time con artist who has run afoul of a local loanshark named “Dice.” Via a chance meeting, Woodrow hires Keaton for $10,000 and a Porsche to attend his prep school and graduate, freeing Woodrow to travel to Europe for skiing.

3 Replies to “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like This Anymore”

  1. After watching five minutes of this film, I feel ready to provide commentary:

    1) Palmer is supposed to be a high schooler, but looks 32.

    2) You could guess “early to mid-1980s” IMMEDIATELY with opening credits/song.

    3) Friendly working girls help give Memphis its neighborly reputation.

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