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      The Freshman

      PG Released Jul 20, 1990 1h 42m Comedy List
      94% Tomatometer 52 Reviews 61% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings Clark Kellogg (Matthew Broderick) is robbed moments after arriving in New York, so when he sees his mugger several days later, he confronts him. The man promises to return his property and get him a job with his uncle, Carmine Sabatini (Marlon Brando), who turns out to be a Mafia boss. As Clark continues his shady work for Carmine, he discovers an elaborate underworld that has caught the attention of the authorities. As things come to a head, not everything is what it seems. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Buoyed by the charm of Matthew Broderick in the title role and Marlon Brando as a caricature of his Godfather persona, The Freshman benefits from solid casting, a clever premise, and sweet humor.

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      John Hartl Seattle Times Andrew Bergman's The Freshman is a charmed comedy, the kind of seemingly effortless movie in which everything falls neatly into place, as if ordained by nature. Rated: 3.5/4 Aug 1, 2013 Full Review Desmond Ryan Philadelphia Inquirer Brando does a wonderful sendup of Corleone that manages to play off the Don's entrenched place in pop culture. But The Freshman is no copycat comedy. Rated: 3/4 Aug 1, 2013 Full Review Jay Boyar Orlando Sentinel Though writer-director Andrew Bergman sets up potentially funny situations, the payoffs aren't nearly as clever as they need to be. Many situations don't pay off at all. Rated: 3/5 Aug 1, 2013 Full Review Terry Francis Southern Voice (Atlanta) The process of our watching the film is happy acquiescence. Rated: 3.5/4 May 9, 2023 Full Review Rene Jordan El Nuevo Herald (Miami) The nicest surprise of the summer. [Full review in Spanish] Nov 16, 2022 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Where else in the universe can one catch Bert Parks offering covers of both "Tequila" and "Maggie's Farm"? Rated: 3/4 Jan 16, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Clark Kellogg (Matthew Broderick) is robbed moments after arriving in New York, so when he sees his mugger several days later, he confronts him. The man promises to return his property and get him a job with his uncle, Carmine Sabatini (Marlon Brando), who turns out to be a Mafia boss. As Clark continues his shady work for Carmine, he discovers an elaborate underworld that has caught the attention of the authorities. As things come to a head, not everything is what it seems.
      Director
      Andrew Bergman
      Producer
      Mike Lobell
      Screenwriter
      Andrew Bergman
      Production Co
      TriStar Pictures
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 20, 1990, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 1, 2013
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $20.7M
      Runtime
      1h 42m
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Stereo, Dolby
      Aspect Ratio
      35mm
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