Summer School

Summer School

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School is out and Ocean Front High gym teacher Freddy has big plans: summer in Hawaii. But the school's vice-principal is going to have Freddy teach remedial English. The laid-back teacher has a class full of misfits. The no-nonsense history professor down the hall is keeping an eye on all the shenanigans.


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A high-school gym teacher has big plans for the summer, but is forced to cancel them to teach an English class for misfits and goof-offs. Fortunately, his unconventional brand of teaching fun field trips begins to connect with them, and even inspires ardor in some.

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Aug 22, 2018

"I'm not a real teacher."
"That's okay, they're not real students."
Silly, but dumbly endearing 1987 movie that, if you saw at an impressionable age, you probably have some fondness for. Slacker gym teacher Mark Harmon has to give up his vacation to teach summer school to a bunch of slackers. There's the horror movie loving Chainsaw and Dave, the spacey surfer girl who falls for him (a pre-Melrose Courtney Thorne-Smith), the jock, the nerd who is bad at school, the hot foreign exchange student, the student with reading problems (Sure, she's the only student of color), and, why not, a pregnant girl and a male stripper (seriously). Harmon is equal parts irritating and charming, although his pursuit of a fellow teacher (Kirstie Alley) is a little stalker-y. But you're not watching this movie for its sophisticated politics or take on gender and race. This part of a wave of both teen movies and inspirational teacher movies in the 80s. Whoever wrote this has no idea how school works. Directed by Carl Reiner ("The Jerk," "Summer Rental"), who has a cameo at the beginning. Dumb, but fun, like a Van Halen album.

May 31, 2018

I think I watched the VHS of this in a high-school class one afternoon at the end of a school year. Most of the school had skipped classes, because the final grades were processed, so the few of us that bothered to attend, were treated to some pretty cool comedies like this for a few days during the last week.

lasertravis Jan 01, 2014

Very good 80's high school comedy. Memorable lines and characters. Good basic storyline. Ends well. Centers more around the teacher than the students, but works well.


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Laura_X Aug 03, 2018

Can I call my folks and tell them I won't be coming home… ever?

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