Summer School

Summer School

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Director: Carl Reiner

Cast: Carl Reiner, Mark Harmon, Kirstie Alley, Robin Thomas

     
 

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Mark Harmon plays a laid-back teacher who must spend his vacation teaching summer school in this comedy directed by Rob Reiner. The DVD offers a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Mono, while a French soundtrack has also been recorded

Overview

Mark Harmon plays a laid-back teacher who must spend his vacation teaching summer school in this comedy directed by Rob Reiner. The DVD offers a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Mono, while a French soundtrack has also been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but this inexpensive release from Paramount will satisfy fans of the film.

Editorial Reviews

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The minor Carl Reiner laugher Summer School was an odd place for makeup-effects wizard Rick Baker to ply his trade between his more traditional genre gigs, as it centers mostly on low-level high school slacker jokes and soft romantic comedy. In fact, the Fangoria-type gore that punctuates the students' practical jokes is of such better quality than the rest of the production, it makes the film deceptively memorable. Mark Harmon and Kirstie Alley do the standard relationship two-step, with flirting rejections transforming into genuine affection, and the students are mild, two-dimensional delinquents who are easily redeemable. But it's a lot of fun to see them dabble with open wounds and severed body parts, even if it drastically outstretches their resources as backward high school students. If Summer School is ultimately pleasing to watch, it's more for the lightness of tone and geniality of characterization than for having much humor, mature or otherwise. The talents of Baker and Reiner make more of an impression than the script or the performers.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/01/2004
UPC:
0097360151848
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:37:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 surround, English restored mono, French mono; English subtitles

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Harmon Freddy Shoop
Kirstie Alley Robin Bishop, History Teacher
Robin Thomas Phil Gills, Vice Principal
Patrick Laborteaux Kevin Winchester
Courtney Thorne-Smith Pam House
Dean Cameron Francis "Chainsaw" Gremp
Gary Riley Dave Frazier
Kelly Minter Denise Green
Ken Olandt Larry Kazamias
Shawnee Smith Rhonda Altobello
Richard S. Horvitz Alan Eakian
Fabiana Udenio Anna-Maria Mazarelli
Frank McCarthy Principal Kelban
Tom Troupe Judge
Lucy Lee Flippin Substitute Teacher
Amy Stock-Poynton Kim
Beau Starr Chainsaw's Dad
Laura Waterbury Chainsaw's Mom
Robin Kaufman Chainsaw's Sister
Dottie Archibald Dave's Mom
Vivian Bonnell Denise's Mom
Michael MacRae Kevin's Dad
Carl Reiner Mr. Dearadorian
Lillian Adams Grandma Eakian
Duane Davis Jerome Watkins
Conroy Gedeon Mr. Winnick
Dee Dee Rescher Woman at Strip Joint
Christopher Kriesa Beach Cop
Carlos Lacamara Beach Cop
Jeff Silverman Examiner
Thomas Ryan Examiner
Darwyn Swalve Scary Inmate
Prince Hughes Scary Inmate
Courtney Gebhart Surfer Girl
Terry Logan Cop at Police Station
Nels Van Patten Tommy
Leigh French Student
Jack Blessing Student
Gigi Vorgan Student
Lynne Stewart Student
John Stark Student
Lora Staley Student
Gary Imhoff Student
Andrea Howard Actor

Technical Credits
Carl Reiner Director,Screenwriter
Richard Baker Makeup Special Effects
Stuart Birnbaum Original Story
David Dashev Original Story
James Dillon Asst. Director
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Marty P. Ewing Asst. Director
Janice Fischer Screenwriter
Jeff Franklin Associate Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Joe Kenworthy Sound Mixer
Peter Krikes Screenwriter
Steve Meerson Screenwriter
Bud Molin Editor
Penny Perry Casting
George Shapiro Producer
David Snyder Production Designer
Ray Summers Costumes/Costume Designer
Marc Trabulus Executive Producer
David M. Walsh Cinematographer
John Warnke Set Decoration/Design
Howard West Producer
Joe Wood Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Summer Vacation
2. Remedial English
3. Roll Call
4. Jammed With Ignorance
5. Field Trips
6. Model Teacher
7. Favors
8. Party at Shoop's
9. Busted
10. Pam's Wish
11. Power of the Pen
12. Driving Test
13. Seaweed
14. Shoop Quits
15. Classroom Massacre
16. Test Pains
17. Passing and Failing
18. Happy

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Summer School 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
You can´t imagine this type of students, any personality you think about you got it! You can laugh every minute of the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent / funny movie. acting very good between everyone. something fun to watch.
mAlformEd More than 1 year ago
Mostly forgotten, this movie is quite different from the teen-oriented product of it's era. This isn't a jocks versus nerds movie, or a sex comedy (there is no nudity at all, for one thing).

The usual cliches are mostly left alone, and that's probably because the story spends a lot of the time dealing with the two adult leads. Mark Harmon never became a big leading man after initially leaving TV, but he is likeable as a somewhat regressed gym teacher coerced into teaching summer school. Kirstie Alley isn't only his love interest, but presents a model for a more responsible but still approachable authority figure for him to emulate.

The cast of students is depicted broadly, but they are all appealing and there isn't a "bad" character in the bunch. Instead of creating conflict amongst them to drive the story, they are pitted against their own underacheiving tendencies.

Mild and enjoyable.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
A MOVIE ABOUT A MAN WHO TEACHES KIDS FOR THE SUMMER ON EOF THOSE 80'S CLASSIC COMEDIES AND MAN KRISTE ALLEY WAS AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL IN THE MOVIE OFCOURSE THIS WAS BEFORE SHE DID LOOK WHO'S TALKING BUT WOW SHE WAS A BEAUTIUL LADY THE MOVIE BRINGS GOOD MEANING TO LIFE YAEH THE SUMEERS SUPPOSE TO BE FUN NUT HEY CLASS CAN BE FUN TOO HOO RAY FOR SUMMER SCHOOL
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would do anything for a dvd of this movie just watching it makes you feel relaxed and fun
Guest More than 1 year ago
When you and your friends want to forget about tests, assignments, papers, and all the other things that make school a pain; check out this movie. If school wasn't bad enough.. it's summer school.