Synopsis

June 1972. Bob Spinnaker, and his entire class, pull a prank on their classmate, Walter Baylor, sending him to a mental institution. Ten long years later, the class of Lizzie Borden High--including Gary Nash, Hubert Downs, and Meredith Modess--is going through the motions at their class reunion, where Chuck Berry is performing, unbeknownst to them that deranged Walter has escaped from the mental hospital, bent on crashing the party. Now, as unsuspecting guests start disappearing, the boys and girls of Lizzie Borden High must spring into action, and expose the madman. But, can they do it in time, and save the class reunion? —Nick Riganas

Director

Michael Miller

Cast

Gerrit Graham
as Bob Spinnaker
Fred McCarren
as Gary Nash
Miriam Flynn
as Bunny Packard
Stephen Furst
as Hubert Downs
Shelley Smith
as Meredith Modess
Michael Lerner
as Dr. Robert Young
Chuck Berry
as Himself

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by jamesbourke59 10 /10

People Can Be So Cruel

Personal taste rules when it comes to talking about movies such as this treasured little gem. Way back in the eighties, the early eighties, i discovered this movie, like so many released at the time, "Night Patrol" "Bad Manners" or even "King Frat" the artwork and blurbs on the back of the covers tempted and teased you.

Of course being of an age, movies like that i have already mentioned as well as stuff like "Screwballs" and the many others, captured the imagination, and thankfully many years later i still remember some with fondness and some with disdain the many movies that help maintain my love of such genre as parodies or pastiches.

Made many years after the huge success of "Animal House" and having seen how it had fared down through the years, I now know that there would be no way this movie would ever eclipse the box office bucks obtain aforementioned nor would it linger in the memory, much like that of National Lampoon's Vacation.

To be honest, not everything that has carried the National Lampoon Logo has been a wild success, however to me Class Reunion remains one of my all time favourite movies, with instantly recognisable characters, such as the aloof Bob Spinnaker played to perfection by Gerrit Graham, so good in Charles Band's "Terrorvision" still lingering in the past glories of his youth. Or how about Stephen Furst's brash and ballsy turn as the high school lazy drunken sex crazed bum Hubert Downs.

Sweet as. Which makes me ponder. As i already said, personal taste not withstanding. People can be so cruel, so it will never win any awards or be compared to the like of its's peers within the comedy world. It does have some merit. Being one of the earlier scripts penned by John Hughes, who would later go on to do one of my own favourites of his work "Weird Science" as well as having a wonderful theme title sung by the great Gary U.S Bonds.

What more can i say, it's a movie just waiting to be rediscovered, time and time again.

Reviewed by lildixie N/A

Awesome Movie!

This movie is one of my favorites!

All of the characters are hilariously developed and the actors who play them do a wonderful job. I've loved this movie since I was a kid and every once in a while I quote from it or think of one of the characters (my favorite being Delores).

It's a shame that more people haven't heard of this movie. It's somewhat hard to find but if you seek it out it is well worth it!

Reviewed by Andy B-8 10 /10

Not as bad as the critics make it out to be.

I first saw this film around ten years ago and I thought it was very funny indeed. It was not as bad as some critics were making it out to be. The fact that it was written by the usually dependable John Hughes shows that you can at least expect some funny dialogue. (By the way, I also think Weird Science is quite good which was also penned in lightning speed by Hughes).

The film has a very garish look to it using all the primary colours - reds, yellows etc - which makes it look quite unique. The cast are also quite good. The prudish Bunny Packard and the devil-possessed Delores Salk are a stand out.

The film has certainly dated a little but I personally prefer it to all the other 'Lampoon' series.

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