Summer School

Summer School

4.5 9
Director: Carl Reiner

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

     
 

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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… See more details below

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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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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:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929304882
Original Release:
1987
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Sales rank:
11,841

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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

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