This era of the teen comedy produced some huge hits. The films generated heavy incomes and made the stars of these films into A-list stars (hello, Molly Ringwald and Matthew Broderick!). The films Hughes produced were touching and heartfelt and effective. They captivated audiences with their honest portrayal of teenagers and all the struggles they go through. These films also helped parents understand what their kids were going through.
On the other hand, there were teen movies that – let’s just say – were charming in their own way. One of those films is the incredibly raunchy teen comedy Private School. After the success of the naughty Private Lessons, Universal Pictures were eager to capitalize on the dirty teen comedies. They quickly ordered an unofficial sequel to be produced. Enter: Private School. The film tells the story of a bunch of teenage boys who are desperate to spy on beautiful women at a nearby all-girls academy. They do everything they can to sneak a peak and that includes climbing on top of each other’s shoulders to peer into the bathroom. When all of their antics continues to get them busted, they decided the only way to break in unsuspected is to pretend to be a schoolgirl. They dress up in drag and wander the hallways hoping to befriend women, and in turn, date them.
The group of girls are led by gorgeous good girl Chris (Phoebe Cates) and gorgeous bad girl Jordan (Betsy Russell). Although they are at odds with each other, they do take pleasure in watching the boys humiliate themselves over and over again. Between them is hunk Jim who can’t decide which of the girls he is interested in dating. While he decides, hilarity ensues.
The film was released to tepid results. The critics slammed the film and even star Matthew Modine criticized its depiction of women. It has since, however, developed somewhat of a cult following. Fans love to rewatch the film for all of its ridiculousness and silly antics. It truly captures this idyllic sense of the teen films that Hollywood loved to produce during this era. Like all teen comedies, it comes with its own history of drama and juicy behind the scenes moments.