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Summer School (1987)



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On the eve of his Hawaiian vacation, irresponsible high school teacher Freddy Shoop (Mark Harmon) is forced into teaching a summer-school class. His students are all malcontents and layabouts with the standard repertoire of teenaged hang-ups and hostilities (two of the kids, who can't see enough slasher movies to suit them, are hilarious precursors to Beavis and Butt-Head). Harmon would rather spend his time with history teacher Robin Bishop (Kirstie Alley), but she doesn't think much of his laziness and lack of dedication. Shoop finally begins to take his job seriously when he realizes his students' problems are not all of their own making.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Stuart Birnbaum, David Dashev, Jeff Franklin, Steve Meerson, Janice Fischer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 1, 2004
Paramount Home Video


Mark Harmon
as Mr. Freddy Shoop
Kirstie Alley
as Ms. Robin Elizabeth ...
Robin Thomas
as Vice Principal Phil ...
Dean Cameron
as Francis 'Chainsaw' G...
Patrick Laborteaux
as Kevin Winchester
Patrick Labyorteaux
as Kevin Winchester
Gary Riley
as Dave Frazier
Kelly Jo Minter
as Denise Green
Ken Olandt
as Larry Kazamias
Shawnee Smith
as Rhonda Altobello
Richard S. Horvitz
as Alan Eakian
Fabiana Udenio
as Anna Maria Mazarelli
Frank McCarthy
as Principal Kelban
Duane Davis
as Jerome Watkins
Lucy Lee Flippin
as Substitute Teacher
Lillian Adams
as Grandma Eakian
Beau Starr
as Chainsaw's Dad
Carl Reiner
as Mr. Dearadorian
Laura Waterbury
as Chainsaw's Mom
Robin Kaufman
as Chainsaw's Sister
Dottie Archibald
as Dave's Mom
Vivian Bonnell
as Denise's Mom
Michael MacRae
as Kevin's Dad
Conroy Gedeon
as Mr. Winnick
Tommy Ryan
as Examiner
Darwyn Swalve
as Scary Inmate
Prince Hughes
as Scary Inmate
Courtney Gebhart
as Surfer Girl
Terry Logan
as Cop at Police Statio...
Leigh French
as Student
Gigi Vorgan
as Student
John Stark
as Student
Lora Staley
as Student
Gary Imhoff
as Student
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News & Interviews for Summer School

Critic Reviews for Summer School

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (5)

A bit bland compared to Reiner's Steve Martin comedies, but engagingly played.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Harmon has an easygoing attractiveness, but neither he nor anyone else seems comfortable with the film's antic pace. And for all its busyness, this comedy has no real focus, ricocheting from character to character with wearying abandon.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Here are some of Summer School's favorite things: idiocy, illiteracy, irresponsibility, drunkenness, dumbness and debauchery. Piqued?

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

A comedy so listless, leisurely and unspirited that it was an act of the will for me to care about it, even while I was watching it.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The moral is a sweet one: If you try, you never fail. The world is graded on a curve.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

A comic delight... Harmon and Alley are great together

October 26, 2008

Audience Reviews for Summer School

I passed this while channel skipping on TV, and it looked like a young Jethro Gibbs. Sure enough Gibbs (Mark Harmon) - 25 years younger - is the main actor in this movie about a phys-ed teacher getting through to a bunch of remedial students.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer


Cast: Mark Harmon, Kirstie Alley, Robin Thomas, Patrick Labyorteaux, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Dean Cameron, Gary Riley, Kelly Jo Minter, Richard Steven Horvitz, Fabiana Udenio, Francis X. McCarthy, Tom Troupe, Lucy Lee Flippin, Ken Olandt, Shawnee Smith

Director: Carl Reiner

Summary: When school lets out for the summer, gym teacher Freddy Shoop can't wait to hightail it to Hawaii with his girlfriend for a vacation. But when the teacher who's supposed to teach remedial English wins the lottery, Shoop gets roped into the job.

My Thoughts: "One of my favorites from the 80's. It's funny, silly, and predictable. The character's are not that fascinating, but they're fun and so is the movie. The movie always puts me in a good mood after seeing it. It's a reminder of how simple a great teen comedy film use to be before it was all about sex and drugs. Just a simple fun film. See it if you haven't had the chance and if your a fan of 80's cinema like myself."


Super Reviewer

Yes this is a silly, predictable, teen/romance/school comedy, but it's just so much fun, I couldn't resist it's charms. I guess what I really need is a sensitive, intelligent guy who can rollerskate. Anyway, I really enjoyed this movie, and I highly recommend it if you want to see something funny and entertaining this summer.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Summer School Quotes

Freddy Shoop: I'll be damned, you're a heterosexual.
Principal Kelban: And a damned good one.
– Submitted by monsieur r (4 years ago)
Denise Green: Whatever that files says... its a lie.
Robin Bishop History Teacher: Do you all think you could concentrate on some obscene gestures once in a while?
– Submitted by monsieur r (4 years ago)
Freddy Shoop: I'm going to Hawaii.
Mr. Dearadorian: Thats alright, these aren't real students.
Robin Bishop History Teacher: Why am I here, Oh, thumbtacks.
Robin Bishop History Teacher: I have seen some your students, very scarry.
Freddy Shoop: I noticed you're not wearing a wedding ring.
Freddy Shoop: I'm in love again. [after seeing Robin]
Jerome Watkins: I recommend this time... I pass.
– Submitted by monsieur r (4 years ago)
Larry Kazamias: I'm at my sexual peak, once a man hits 18 it's all downhill from there.
Freddy Shoop: Yeah, and it's a hell of a ride.
– Submitted by Fletcher R (4 years ago)

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