Three O'Clock High (1987)




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When mild-mannered journalism student Jerry attempts to interview the intimidating new kid, rumors of his violent nature appear to be true as he threatens to kill Jerry if he doesn't show up for a brawl at the title time.

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Thomas Szollosi, Richard Christian Matheson, Richard Chrisitan Matheson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 2, 2003
Universal Pictures


as Jerry Mitchell

as Jerry Mitchell

as Brei Mitchell

as Franny Perrins

as Vincent Costello

as Karen Clarke

as Detective Mulvahill

as Mr. O'Rourke

as Bruce Chalmer

as Scott Cranston

as Mark Bojeekus

as Craig Mattey

as Duke Herman

as Mrs. Phillips

as Miss Farmer

as Miss Vail

as Mr. Medved

as Nurse Palmer

as Nerdy Kid

as Cheerleader

as Jock #3

as Hall Monitor

as Voytek Dolinski

as Cop #1

as Franny Perrins
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Critic Reviews for Three O'Clock High

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A very unique and entertaining high school comedy with an important message...

Full Review… | May 17, 2014
Cinema Crazed

A better than average high-school comedy stylishly directed by a young Phil (State of Grace) Joanou.

September 28, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Audience Reviews for Three O'Clock High

When you think of classic 80's teen films, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Pretty in Pink and all other John Hughes films quickly come to mind. But like the horror genre, there has been other great films overshadowed by the more popular films. I think that this is the case with Three O'clock High. This is a superb Teen comedy that has had the misfortunate of being a forgotten gem of the genre. This is a well acted film, one that has impressive performances from its lead actors, and the film also some well written characters as well. Three O'clock High is a real treat, and everything about the film is very well done in such a way that it capture the feel of high school, along with its dilemmas. The film features an astounding soundtrack by Tangerine Dream, whose music greatly enhances some key scenes, which is only perfected by Cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld. Sonnefeld's camerawork is terrific here, and the way that he has lensed the film adds something quite unique to the atmosphere of the film. Three O'clock High is a terrific picture, one that deserves to be rediscovered. I think it's a great shame that the film got overshadowed by other genre film, but hopefully you can rediscover this hidden gem. This is a very funny film, one that uses its cast quite well, and if you enjoy this genre, you're definitely going to love this film. With some wonderful performances by Casey Siemaszko and Richard Tyson, you have a highly entertaining comedy that is never boring, and even if it's not perfect, you can forget its flaws, and enjoy this film for what it is, a forgotten teen comedy that is well worth a second look. If you've enjoyed all of the films by John Hughes, but want a film of the same decade, that has effective comedy, teen angst and other issues, Three O'clock High is well worth seeing, and is is one of the best forgotten 80's comedies that I have seen.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


This hilarious teen comedy is a lot of fun, I love it, it should be added to the list of essential 80s teen movies! I highly recommend it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Three O'clock High is a funny 80's high school underdog story. So fun!

Alexis Nomm

Super Reviewer

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