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Genres: Comedy
Actors: Steve Guttenberg , Alan Arkin , Julie Hagerty , Bill Macy , Curtis Armstrong , Julie Kavner , Joe Grifasi , Robert Romanus , Taylor Negron , Candi Milo , Gilbert Gottfried , Arturo Venegas , Arne Gordon , Manuel Pereiro , Eileen Way
Director: Harvey Miller
Country: United States
Year: 1985
IMDB Rating: 4.2/10 (652 votes)

Jeff Marx wants to study medicine and become a physician. However, his grades are far from enough to get him into an American medical school. But he he gets a chance to study medicine abroad, in a small Latin American dictatorship, governed by the dictator Ramon Madera, who has a big interest in how the medical students behave.

Film Review

'Bad Medicine' is not one of the best med-students comedy that I have seen. It's method of comedy and hilarity wavers frequently, perhaps some of the jokes are just too subtle or perhaps they are too dated and the finished product reminds me of Young Doctors in Love, a movie full of stupid comedy that should be funnier but for some reason, just isn't.Steve Guttenberg plays Jeff Marx, a struggling first-year med student at a fourth-rate, sketchy medical school in Mexico. Classes are taught in Spanish, they all share one cadaver, and their praticioner field trips are little more than public relations opportunities. Despite the family trend of medical professionals, he is certain that he doesn't want to be a doctor, but the outrageous situations that ensue are about to make him reconsider. The ambitious students, which includes Curtis Armstrong as pharmacology expert, Dennis Gladstone, Julie Hagerty as the soft-spoken Liz Parker, Julie Kavner as the witty Cookie Katz,…

You'd have to be a fan of farces to like this. It has some novel ideas, such as illegally obtaining a fresh cadaver that has to be transported from the city morgue to the school, while rigor mortis is beginning to set in. Alan Arkin has a secondary, not a starring, role. He brings more to the part than the writer gave him. Steve Guttenberg is surprisingly good as the son of a doctor who can't get into an American medical school, or even a first or second grade foreign one. Curtis Armstrong, in particular, is terrific in his medical student role. Over all, however, this is strictly a B movie. Julie Haggerty is terrible as the glamorous student with whom the school director (Arkin) is enamored. There is nothing alluring about her looks, and her approach to comedy acting is out of sync with the rest of the cast's.

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