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Cooley High

Cooley High (1975)


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Michael Schultz directed this deeply felt recollection of adolescent life on Chicago's near North Side in 1964. Like American Graffiti, Cooley High deals with girl, school, and police troubles as a group of high-school seniors prepare for post-high-school life. The chums are Glynn Turman as "Preach," who loves to read poetry and history and wants to become a Hollywood screenwriter, but who has the worst grades in the school; and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs as Cochise, the high-school basketball star


Drama, Classics, Comedy

Eric Monte

Jan 18, 2000

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (2) | DVD (4)

Something of a disappointment.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Uneven but generally funny.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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...emphasizes the thin line that exists between a life of promise and a life of prison (or worse, death) for kids growing up in a neighborhood like this.

November 29, 2012 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm

Sometimes engaging comical and poignant black experience high school teen flick.

April 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film's resistance of pathos starts to feel not just counterintuitive, but also a little ghoulish

January 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

A crafty and cunning black teen comedy that exudes a slick urban ethnically irreverent big screen answer to television's Happy Days

May 30, 2003

Audience Reviews for Cooley High

Cooley High is essentially the black American Graffiti. It's a series of funny and mostly entertaining scenes that don't quite fit together (or necessarily go anywhere) until you stick them to the fumes of a minimalist plot. Throw in an amazing soundtrack and you've got an enjoyable cult classic. For the most part Cooley High is just kind of there but a heartbreaking ending pulls it all together. Some great characters and really funny scenes--namely the hooker and the bathroom scenes. Not exactly essential viewing but definitely worthwhile.
April 4, 2008

Super Reviewer

It was a good movie. I can see why people say that Boyz N the Hood is pretty much the same movie.
March 20, 2007

Super Reviewer

A 70's film about a 60's group of friends from the projects meandering through their last year of high school. The soundtrack is a gem, matching the soaring harmonica of Stevie Wonders fingertips to the exuberance of four boys playing hookey at the zoo. In these little-incidents-strung-together-into-a-whole kind of films, a lot of the impact depends on how much you care about the lead characters so I was hamstrung by finding Preach cocky and mostly charmless but hey, that's teenagers for you, the scamps.
February 2, 2010
Lesley N

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    1. Preach: We were friends, a long time ago. Laughin, rappin, chasin girls, obeying no laws, except the law of caring. Basketball days and high nights, no tomorrows, unable to remember yesterday. We live for today...
    – Submitted by Bobby S (23 months ago)
    1. Mr. Mason: Don't you ever want anything in this life, Preach?
    2. Preach: Yeah... I wanna live forever.
    – Submitted by Santiago S (2 years ago)
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