Private School


by Tuna

This film, sometimes called "Private School ... for Girls" is a teenage sex comedy from the heyday of that genre in 1983.

Phoebe Cates, a student at an exclusive girls school, is dating Matthew Modine, a student at a nearby boys school. They have decided to "go all the way." Phoebe's arch-nemesis, other than the faculty and administration, is a rich snob, Betsy Russell, who is determined to steal Modine away.  That is pretty much the whole  plot.

Phoebe Cates and Ray Walston are both in the cast, making this the drive-in version of Fast Times at Ridgemont High!

IMDb voters, apparently disappointed that it isn't a Bergman movie, score it a weak 4.2, but the excellent transfer on the new DVD makes it worthwhile if you like the raunchy youth comedies of that era. While it was basically a B movie which capitalized on a hot movie trend at the time, it's full of likeable characters, pranks and nudity, including one of the best shower scenes even put on film.



Our Grade:

If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to read the explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by our definition, a C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:


While it doesn't measure up to the very best of the genre like Risky Business, it meets all the minimum daily requirements for genre fans and it's pleasant fun.


* widescreen anamorphic

* excellent transfer






2 Roger Ebert (of 4 stars)


4.2 IMDB summary (of 10)




  • Phoebe Cates shows partial buns as part of a final act of defiance during graduation, her character shows buns in a sex scene on the beach (could be a double, and, as you can see from image 3, she had her nipples taped), and is in a see-through dress in the surf.

  • Betsy Russell - full frontal and rear nudity.

  • Lynda Weismeier - full frontal and rear nudity.

  • Julie Payne and Kari Lizer - a breast each, when the girls rig their cheerleader outfits.

  • Brinke Stevens shows breasts and buns in the shower scene.

  • Several unidentified women show additional naked bits in the shower scene.