Back to School (1986)
Rodney Dangerfield: Thornton Melon
Thornton Melon : Bring us a pitcher of beer every seven minutes until somebody passes out. And then bring one every ten minutes.
Professor Terguson : You remember that thing we had about 30 years ago called the Korean conflict? And how we failed to achieve victory? How come we didn't cross the 38th parallel and push those rice-eaters back to the Great Wall of China?
Professor Terguson : [rips a desk apart] Then take the fucking wall apart
Professor Terguson : brick by brick and nuke them back into the fucking stone age forever? Tell me why! How come? Say it! Say it!
Thornton Melon : [incensed] All right. I'll say it. 'Cause Truman was too much of a *pussy wimp* to let MacArthur go in there
Thornton Melon : and blow out those Commie bastards!
Professor Terguson : Good answer. Good answer. I like the way you think. I'm gonna be watching you.
Thornton Melon : [chuckling to his classmates] Good teacher. He really seems to care. About what I have no idea.
Player #1 : Hey, Lutz! You know who I am?
Derek : Um, let me see. Uh, protruding supra-orbital ridges.
[the football player picks up Derek by his shirt]
Derek : Small cranium. Uh, 1300 cc brain. Hmmm. Neanderthal Man!
Player #1 : [to Jason] You. I want you to call his mother. You tell her he's never coming home.
Jason Melon : Whoah. Hold it, hold it. You sure you even got the right guy? I mean, look how many people got blue hair these days. You know?
Player #1 : Shut up, meat-head!
Thornton Melon : Hey, take it easy, will ya? I mean, the war's over. Get new parts for your head.
Player #1 : Yeah? Wanna make something of it?
Thornton Melon : Oh, no, no. I never get physical. I just get upset. And when I get upset...
Thornton Melon : [points at Lou] HE gets physical.
[Lou takes a metal napkin holder and crushes it with one hand]
Lou : [stepping up to the player] You got a problem?
Player #1 : No. I haven't got a problem.
Lou : Well, now you do.
[Lou slugs the football player in the stomach, resulting in a full scale bar brawl with the football team]
Thornton Melon : The football team at my high school, they were tough. After they sacked the quarterback, they went after his family.
Thornton Melon : Girls, this is Lou. Lou, these are girls.
Thornton Melon : Please, try to understand. I don't have the background for this. I mean, the high school I went to, they asked a kid to prove the law of gravity, he threw the teacher out the window!
[after a female student answered correctly why America pulled out of Vietnam]
Professor Terguson : Is she right? 'Cause I know that's the *popular* version of what went on there. And a lot of people like to believe that. I wish I could, but I was *there*. I wasn't here in a class room, hoping I was right, thinking about it.
Professor Terguson : I was up to my knees in rice paddies, with guns that didn't work! Going in there, looking for Charlie, slugging it out with him; While
Professor Terguson : pussies like you were back here partying, putting headbands on, doing drugs, and
Professor Terguson : listening to the goddamn Beatle albums! Oh! Oh! Oh!
Thornton Melon : Hey Professor, take it easy. These kids were in grade school at the time, and as for me... I'm not a fighter, I'm a lover.
Thornton Melon : I think I'm attracted to teachers. Yeah, I took out an English teacher. That didn't work out at all. I sent her a love letter... She corrected it!
Thornton Melon : I don't know. I can't figure women out. Today, they're... independent. They only think about themselves. Why, during sex, Vanessa - she used to scream out her own name!
Thornton Melon : [television commercial] Hi there. Are you a large person? Pleasantly plump? A little on the hefty side, perhaps? Well, let's face it: Are you FAT? When you go jogging, do you leave pot-holes? When you make love, do you have to give directions? At the zoo, do the elephants throw YOU peanuts? Do you look at a menu and say 'OK'? Well, now, you can eat all you want, because at Thornton Melon's "Tall & Fat" stores, we've got you covered. That's right. Fine woolen, and woolen-blend suits and sport coats, in all the larger sizes - husky, stout, extra-stout, and the new Hindenburg line. And for you ladies we have caftans, muumuus, and our own exclusive A-frame in all colors and patterns. Yes, we have miles and miles of fabric. So take it from me, Thornton Melon, if you want to look thin, you hang out with fat people.
Thornton Melon : Home, Sweet Home.
Lou : I liked the old house better.
Thornton Melon : So did I.
Lou : I liked the old wife better, too!
Thornton Melon : [laughs] Lay off Vanessa. She gives great headache. Lou, I can't believe it. Married five years. Seems like yesterday!
Thornton Melon : [sighs] And you know what a lousy day yesterday was.
Thornton Melon : [on his second wife] Oh, we were doomed from the start. I'm an Earth sign. She's a Water sign. Together, we made mud.
Thornton Melon : Oh, you left out a bunch of stuff.
Dr. Phillip Barbay : Oh really? Like what for instance?
Thornton Melon : First of all you're going to have to grease the local politicians for the sudden zoning problems that always come up. Then there's the kickbacks to the carpenters, and if you plan on using any cement in this building I'm sure the teamsters would like to have a little chat with ya, and that'll cost ya. Oh and don't forget a little something for the building inspectors. Then there's long term costs such as waste disposal. I don't know if you're familiar with who runs that business but I assure you it's not the boyscouts.
Dr. Phillip Barbay : That will be quite enough, Mr. Melon! Maybe bribes, kickbacks and Mafia payoffs are how YOU do business! But they are NOT part of the legitimate business world! And they are certainly not part of anything I am doing in this class. Do I make myself clear, Mr. Melon!
Trendy Man : Mr. Melon, your wife was just showing us her Klimt.
Thornton Melon : You too, huh? She's shown it to everybody.
Trendy Man : Well, she's very proud of it.
Thornton Melon : I'm proud of mine too. I don't go waving it around at parties, though.
Trendy Man : It's an exceptional painting.
Thornton Melon : Oh, the painting.
Diane : Ever since the women's movement, most of the men I meet go out of their WAY to show you how SENSITIVE they are. Before, they were too macho, and now they're too... soft. You all want us to know you can CRY.
Thornton Melon : No, with women, I never cry. Never. I beg.
Diane : If we finish this bottle of wine, you won't have to beg.
Vanessa : I have absolutely NOTHING to wear.
Thornton Melon : You got SIX closets full of nothing to wear.
Vanessa : Are you saying I spend too much money?
Thornton Melon : YOU spend too much money? Nah. A lot of people go to Switzerland to get their watch fixed.
Vanessa : You have no taste, Thornton.
Thornton Melon : You're right. I married you, didn't I?
Thornton Melon : Listen, Sherlock. While you were tucked away up here working on your ethics, I was out there busting my hump in the REAL world. And the reason guys like you got a place to teach is 'cause guys like me donate buildings.
[after Thornton Melon's run-in with a showering sorority girl]
Security Guard : Perfectly understandable, Mr. Melon. It was an honest mistake. Let's just call it a a bad day...
Thornton Melon : - but a great view! You're all right, officer. Here, a little something for the kids.
[hands officer cash]
Security Guard : I don't have any kids.
Thornton Melon : No kids? Well, get yourself some kids. Take it all.
[hands officer more cash]
Thornton Melon : And just remember, the best thing about kids... is making them!
[after Diane gives Thornton an 'F' for his report, which was actually written by Kurt Vonnegut]
Diane : Whoever *did* write this doesn't know the first thing about Kurt Vonnegut!
[cut to Thornton's dorm suite]
Thornton Melon : [on the phone] ... and *another* thing, Vonnegut! I'm gonna stop payment on the cheque!
[Kurt tells him off]
Thornton Melon : Fuck me? Hey, Kurt, can you read lips, *fuck you*! Next time I'll call Robert Ludlum!
Jason Melon : Dad, why don't join me on a little reality break, ok? Just cuz you're in love with Dr. Turner, that does NOT mean you're gonna pass her course. Now, you got a major paper comin' up on Kurt Vonnegut. You haven't even read any of the books.
Thornton Melon : I tried...
[knock on door]
Thornton Melon : I don't understand a word of it.
Jason Melon : [going to the door] So, how you gonna write the paper then, huh?
[Jason opens the door to see Kurt Vonnegut standing there]
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. : [removing his hat] Hi, I'm Kurt Vonnegut. I'm looking for Thornton Melon.
Vanessa : You have NO class, Thornton, and I am TIRED of it! I want a divorce.
Thornton Melon : Divorce. I knew we had something in common.
Thornton Melon : [reaches in his coat and takes out papers] Here, sign these.
Vanessa : [scoffs] Oh! Oh, I'm afraid it's not gonna be that easy, honey. This is gonna cost you - PLENTY!
Thornton Melon : [chuckles and takes Polaroids out of his pocket] Oh, yeah? Vanessa, let's talk about class for a minute, alright? Here's you and Giorgio in the guest room. A little classy, isn't it? Here's you and Giorgio in the rumpus room. Another classy one, huh? Ooh, this one, I can't figure out. There's you, there's Giorgio... What's with the midget over here?
[Vanessa throws down the divorce papers and storms out]
Thornton Melon : Hey, wait! I've got more!
Thornton Melon : [in college bookstore] Hey, you guys get everything you need?
Jason Melon : Oh, yeah, we got it.
Thornton Melon : Good... Hey! What's with the used books?
Jason Melon : Well, what's wrong with used books?
Thornton Melon : They've already been read!
Jason Melon : Yeah, and they already been UNDER-LINED, too. Get it?
Thornton Melon : That's the problem. The last guy who under-lined them, he could have been a maniac! Hey, get these guys some new books. Huh? Get some new books, will ya?
Thornton Melon : I hereby dedicate this building to... myself.
Thornton Melon : Remember... You're a Melon!
Thornton Melon : What lovely girls. How would you like a life of luxury and deceit?
Thornton Melon : When's our first class?
Jason Melon : Uh, we got Economics tomorrow at 11 o'clock.
Thornton Melon : 11 o'clock? No good. I got a massage 11 o'clock. Tell 'em to make it 2 o'clock.
Jason Melon : No, dad. Uh, you don't get it. They're not gonna re-schedule the classes around your massage.
Thornton Melon : All right, 11 o'clock, but I'm gonna talk to that Dean. I mean, these classes could be a REAL inconvenience.
Thornton Melon : With the shape I'm in you could donate my body to science fiction.
Thornton Melon : Ya gotta look out for number one... and don't step in number two!
[Jason enters his dorm room with Derek to see his father and Lou waiting]
Jason Melon : AAAHHH! Dad, uh... what are you doing here?
Thornton Melon : I'm robbing your room! That's what I'm doing here.
Thornton Melon : [to Lou] We drive 300 miles to see the kid, that's the greeting we get. Ha!
Thornton Melon : [to Jason] Come here, will ya? Ha ha ha.
[they both laugh and embrace]
Thornton Melon : Heya. How ya doing?
[after snorkeling in a hot tub with four bikini-clad co-eds]
Thornton Melon : Now that's what I call Marine Biology!
Derek : [to Jason, who's sitting there moody with a bottle and sunglasses on] Nice look. What are you going for? The heavy, disassociated artist thing... Oh, it's the deaf thing. Maybe this will cheer you up.
[Derek let's himself fall in front of Jason's seat legs spread]
Thornton Melon : [comes along waving Derek away] Oh, do me! Derek! Get up, will ya?
Thornton Melon : [to Derek] You look like the poster boy for birth control.
Thornton Melon : Jason, it's a party. What's your story? What's the matter? The swim meet? Forget about it. It's history. Come on, will ya? Snap into it!
Dean Martin : [Barbay has arrived at the groundbreaking of the new Melon School of Business] Ah, Phillip... so glad you could make it. Mr. Melon, this is Dr. Phillip Barbay. He's the dean of our new Melon School of Business.
Dr. Phillip Barbay : [Thornton extends his hand, Barbay refuses it and takes Martin aside] David, I just want to get it on record that I am totally against this. I don't think that selling admission to an obviously unqualified student is either ethical or honorable.
Dean Martin : Uh, right... Phil. In Mr. Melon's defense, it was a really big check.
Dr. Phillip Barbay : [glaring at Martin in dismay] It's a simple matter of undermining the efforts of our best students, who are here as the result of hard work!
Thornton Melon : [chiming in] Hard work? Listen, Sherlock! While you were tucked away up here working on your ethics, I was out there busting my hump in the REAL world. And the reason guys like you got a place to teach is 'cause guys like me donate buildings.
Dr. Phillip Barbay : I wasn't speaking to you, Mr. Melon.
[turns on heel and heads to his car]
Thornton Melon : That's right, Dean Martin.