Private School (1983)

Possibly the best mainstream teen sex comedy of the day. Phoebe Cates and Matthew Modine attempt to have sex for the first time, while Betsy Russell steals the show.

RATING: ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ 9/10

REVIEW: What can be said here other than this is perhaps the greatest teen sex comedy ever made. Betsy Russell is a national treasure.


Kari Lizer plays Rita, Jordan's friend on the cheerleader squad. She has a brief nude scene as her uniform is sabotaged by Betsy and bursts open in front of the crowd.

Lizer was a regular on Matlock (25 episodes) and appeared in tons of eighties television including Growing Pains, Quantum Leap, Father Dowling Mysteries, Who's the Boss, and The Van Dyke Show (10 episodes).

She was married to Robert Romanus best known as Mike Damone in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Lizer's success came as a producer - with her name on a number of successful TV shows including Will & Grace (95 episodes) and The New Adventures of Old Christine (88 episodes). Lizer also wrote a bunch of TV episodes for shows like Empty Nest, Weird Science and Boston Common.


Karen Chase plays Bambi Leigh-Jensen, Jordan's mother. She sees her husband giving mouth-to-mouth to to the drowned teacher and gets upset. Chase has one stunt credit in The Golden Child. She was in a few TV shows such as Empty Nest. Her last IMDb credit is playing Post Malone's mother in "Post Malone's Parents React to Rockstar Video" (2018).


Betsy Russell said this about her iconic topless riding scene:

"We had to do the scene three times... I got the feeling the only reason they shot it so many times was so the producers could keep watching my tits bounce around." To make matters more stressful, old acquaintances showed up on the day she was shooting her topless scene. "I hadn't seen these people in years. They turned up on the set, outdoors in the middle of nowhere. The director made them leave."

Roger Ebert gave the film two stars out of four, writing that the "smarmy-minded movie" was "much better than average" for teen-oriented sex comedies, but reflected a trend of "anti-woman" films in the genre.


  1. I fell in love with Betsy Russell in this movie. I do it again every time I rewatch it.

  2. This is one of those films that touched all the bases with me: saw it in the cinema, rented the VHS, bought on DVD, bought on Blu Ray.


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