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High School High (1996)

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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 3

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In this comic send-up of dramas set in urban schools (such as Lean on Me and Dangerous Minds), Jon Lovitz plays Richard Clark, a teacher who is persuaded to give up his position at Wellington Academy, an upscale private school (where the receptionist cheerfully answers calls with the question "Are you white?"), to take over a class at Marion Barry High School in Inner City, U.S.A. Marion Barry High is a far cry from the ivory-tower atmosphere of Wellington; the statue in the courtyard holds a

PG-13,

Comedy

Mar 31, 1998

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (13)

Except for dated homages to Deer Hunter and Rebel Without a Cause, High tries to squeeze guffaws out of the crumbling educational system, not exactly gut-buster material.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Does drive home a few laughs, but not nearly as many as the Zucker name would lead you to believe.

September 14, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

High School High has one or two genuine laughs with several chuckle-worthy moments peppered throughout, but this is pretty much a lackluster effort.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

One joke movie that's one joke too long

July 11, 2003
Film Threat

The normally riotous Lovitz flunks the test in this farcical school daze. There's nothing remotely academic about Bochner's High School High

June 4, 2003
TheWorldJournal.com

Strings together hilarious series of gags at the beginning and end, but in the middle High School High makes the mistake of having a story.

August 16, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Audience Reviews for High School High

Decent comedy, but never anything good, High School High is a fairly forgettable comedy film that uses stereotypes to create its humor. The film manages to be fun, but is never good because the script is poorly constructed and the gags get tiresome after a while. With that said, this film doesn't withstand multiple viewings. This is the type of comedy that doesn't stand the test of time. Most of the jokes here aren't that funny to begin with, and what is supposed to pass a humor, just isn't that funny to begin with. Overall this is a fun film with minor laughs throughout, but is never anything great. This film is quite forgettable in the long run, and it doesn't have the qualities necessary to be a very good comedy. As a whole, it's a decent film, but relies too much on stereotypes which just becomes tiresome. This film could have been much better and it had a good idea for its plot, but like I said too many stereotypes cloud this one from being a good. Memorable comedy and it just ends up being a decent film with a few laughs. Nonetheless it's a fun film, but is not that good. If you're looking for a decent comedy with minor laughs, then this is a must see. However keep in mind that this film is never anything good, simply a decent film. The film had potential of being much better than this, as it stands, it's funny, but lacks anything really memorable. This is the type of comedy to watch if you have nothing else better to do. Not a bad film, but not that good either. This film could have been much better.
July 2, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Funny and terrible.
June 21, 2011
Lucas Martins

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I don't care what anyone says, this is a hilarious movie and one of the best of its year. Jon Lovitz: "Oh my God." Tia Carrere: "What is it?" Jon: "You're still a virgin." Tia: "No I'm not!" *cat screeches loudly. One of the funniest parts of a movie, ever.
October 8, 2009
stormyweather980

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Not in the least bit funny.
September 28, 2009
SirPant

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    1. Richard Clark: [trying to act high] Oh, this shit be kickin'!
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