Picks and Pans Review: Class

updated 08/15/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/15/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Attention, boys and girls! Today's lesson is on the curious career of Jacqueline Bisset. In her current comedy, Miss Bisset plays a very rich, horny society wife who seduces a virginal preppie (Andrew McCarthy) in a glass elevator overlooking Chicago. The ensuing romance might be the crux of an interesting movie, but Class isn't really about sexual initiatives or mismatched lovers or anything pertaining to Bisset's character. As the movie's print ad imprudently blabs, Bisset's unlikely stud is also the roommate of her 18-year-old son (Rob Lowe). Director Lewis John Carlino is most interested in how the love affair affects that bosom-buddies relationship. In fact, Bisset effectively vanishes in the film's second half. We hear from her creepo husband, Cliff Robertson, that she has checked into a mental institution. In this occasionally amusing, frequently farfetched mishmash, the prep-school shenanigans do have some charm. But because the movie is so coarse and misogynistic, the laughs are all sleazy. Class is a low-down comedy about highfalutin types: It's Porky's for people who wear Lacoste shirts. For homework, please compose an essay on why Bisset might accept such a role and where she might find a new agent. Class dismissed. (R)

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