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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.
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PG-13
Genre:
Comedy
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Paramount Home Video

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Cast

Mark Harmon
as Mr. Freddy Shoop
Kirstie Alley
as Ms. Robin Elizabeth Bishop
Robin Thomas
as Vice Principal Phil Gills
Patrick Laborteaux
as Kevin Winchester
Dean Cameron
as Francis 'Chainsaw' Gremp
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
Tom Troupe
as Judge
Duane Davis
as Jerome Watkins
Lucy Lee Flippin
as Substitute Teacher
Lillian Adams
as Grandma Eakian
Carl Reiner
as Mr. Dearadorian
Beau Starr
as Chainsaw's Dad
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
Jeff Silverman
as Examiner
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 Station
Leigh French
as Student
Jack Blessing
as Student
Gigi Vorgan
as Student
John Stark
as Student
Lora Staley
as Student
Gary Imhoff
as Student
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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
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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.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
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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
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Here are some of Summer School's favorite things: idiocy, illiteracy, irresponsibility, drunkenness, dumbness and debauchery. Piqued?

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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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
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A comic delight... Harmon and Alley are great together

October 26, 2008
Moviehole

Audience Reviews for Summer School

As an 80's movie fan, this is one I have always wanted to check out. Somehow I never heard of it at the time and I can't recall even seeing it on VHS back in the day, or would have definitely rented it. Firstly, the version I saw was free to air on tv late at night. So I understand parts of the movie would have been cut or edited for tv. Maybe it caused me to enjoy it less. I can't imagine I would feel too differently about a longer version though. This was pretty average considering the ratings. I liked Courtney Thorne Smith. She was about the best thing in it. The guys were all really douchey. The storyline was far fetched. I think movies like Fast Times at Ridgemont high did these types of characters better. I suspect this is a nostalgia favourite. I have a few of them myself from the 80's. Movies I know are bad, but I loved them at the time and they remind me of that era.

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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.

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Red Lats

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½

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."

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