Summer School Reviews
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.
A teacher on his way to Hawaii for summer vacation has his plans interrupted by a requirement to teach summer school. The class is full of misfits that really have no chance to pass. He uses his own brand of teaching which at first is too loose, but eventually uses more deliberate messages to try and reach his class. Can the desperate teacher reach his band of misfits to get them through their end of summer exams?
"Don't go in there without a gun! It's terrible!"
Carl Reiner, director of The Jerk, Summer Rental, Fatal Instinct, The Man with Two Brains, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, and The One and Only, delivers Summer School. The storyline for this picture is pretty weak and of similar quality as the Nerds pictures. The cast delivers pretty solid performances and includes Mark Harmon, Kristie Alley, Gary Riley, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Dean Cameron, and Kelly Jo Minter.
"Where have you been?"
"My zipper got stuck."
I came across this on HBOGO and remembered having watched it when I was much younger on HBO. This is one of those movies that used to be on television all of the time when I was a kid. It's one of those feel good, coming of age films that you always wonder what happened to those kids after the summer? Overall, the acting and character development is better than it should be and very fun, but the overall movie is very average. This is worth a viewing if you grew up in the 80s.
"We've been sober for 2 days, 4 hours, and 15 minutes."