Up the Academy

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Released 1980

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Director:
Robert Downey Sr.
Released:
1980
Rating:
R
Up the Academy is a witty comedic film that involves a strict military academy and a group of wild friends. The movie follows a group of young cadets that are trying their hardest to wreak havoc on their military academy. Four boys are sent to the Sheldon R. Weinburg Military Academy, all for different reasons, and meet there. They quickly decide that they were all sent there wrongfully and want to show the military academy who is boss. The boys include rowdy Ike (Wendell Brown), prankster Hash (Tommy Citera), Oliver (Hutch Parker), and Chooch (Ralph Macchio). The four boys pull pranks on other cadets and their superiors and try any way that they can to get in trouble. It is a hilarious film about actions and consequences that is an entertaining film that will keep you laughing for days to come. This movie is a definite must-see for any prank-pulling teenager.

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  • 40

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Up the Academy sets out to offend almost everybody, including women, blacks, homosexuals, Arabs, the military, and so on, but they've all been more efficiently offended by other, b...

  • 38

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    Up the Academy, directed by Robert Downey, combines Little Darlings, Meatballs and Animal House into a crude concoction that holds out the promise of approximating Mad Magazine's c...

  • 30

    Washington Post Gary Arnold

    Downey's direction is so flat that about 20 rock songs have been inserted to cover the dithering continuity with a semblance of rhythm. Like the flatulent and shattering noises, th...

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