Summer Heights High
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In this hilarious series set in a real Australian high school, actor/comedian Chris Lilley stars as three different characters: a vain drama teacher, a self-absorbed boy, and a haughty female exchange student. Hysterical, absurd and frequently shocking, Summer Heights High reveals a world where small issues become huge, social groups are critical, young minds are molded, hopes are shattered and dreams are realized.]]>
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- All eight episodes on two discs
- Over 3.5 hours of deleted scenes and outtakes
Top Customer Reviews
This series is refreshing and new. I'm so glad it FINALLY came to America.
If you cant wait, buy the Region 4 dvd. It will work on some American dvd players.
All I can say is that Chris Lily possesses the talents of every one of the Kids in the Hall, Monty Python and the first two seasons of SNL in his little finger. I watched eight episodes in rapid succession, and I'm still desperate for more, more, more!
Mr. Lilly -- wherever you are -- be aware that I am in awe of your talent!
This show makes me want to search for more Aussie shows and to visit Australia for vacation. I've heard HBO has picked this up, I'd recommend everyone give it a try. if you guys liked Ali G & Borat you will surely love this!
What impressed me most about his journey in this show is his creation of three absolutely complete and thorough characters. While they all somehow resemble each other, both in looks and in attitudes, they are extremely diverse, and there are times that you will love these people and hate them as well. His Mr. G, a flamboyant drama teacher who's ego cannot possibly fit in the staff room, puts on the musical of the year, about himself and a dead girl he never knew. Ja'Mie, a popular rich girl from a snobby school, spreads her charm (and lack of it) around the school with her gaggle of girls she's using to be in the popular crowd. And Jonah, a Polynesian student with a learning disability who's teased relentlessly for his race and struggles with culturally insensitive teachers.
Lilley's performance through the show is remarkable as he inhabits and lives in the skins of his people. While designed as a comedy, and certainly rife with many comedic moments, what struck me, as a teacher, was the serious issues he covers and uncovers in these eight all too short episodes. Most impressively, is the character of young Jonah, who never really has a chance to excel between his disability and his lack of adult protagonists in his life, save one teacher who loves him for who he is. That story touched me deeply, and as the series ended, it was his story that resonates. How many Jonahs have we lost in our schools for precisely the same reason?
Daring, risky, and occasionally on the edge between humor and inappropriateness, "Summer Heights High" is quite the show. I would love to see more.
I did a little digging after laughing through all 8 episodes and see that Lilley's similar project "We Can Be Heroes" was picked up by ABC in 2005. This guy is a pro and it shows in his work. The show is clever, fresh, and absolutely hilarious.
Due to its originality, it's very hard to draw comparisons to Lilley's work - but I would say if you are a fan of Arrested Development, 30 Rock, and similar programs, you will find Summer Heights High to be well worth your time.
It is an odd funny, but when they get it, they REALLY get it! There were even a few really touching moments... and then they get you again!
I had turn on subtitles and Google a few words sometimes because I do not know Australian slang (eg. Povo, Pashing, etc.)
Sadly, the musical numbers in Mr. G's show are better than a lot of musicals I have seen coming out of Broadway lately! At least they are catchy... I caught myself humming one of the songs in the shower the other day! But the show sequences are brilliant... one of the funniest things I have seen on TV in a long time was the dog in the grand finale.
Yes, it is mean... that is why it is funny. Like so many great comedy shows, from South Park to Saturday Night Live, they do not discriminate... EVERYONE gets made fun of. If you are too sensitive to appreciate this type of humor, just skip it. I am gay (one of the big targets in the show), and I think it is hysterical!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Chris Lilley is a a hilarious, smart and sadly underrated actor/comedian. Why this man is not a household name is beyond me. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ann
Chris Lilley is really everything in comedy. The way he creates and explores characters is really bordering on, if not full out genius. Read morePublished 4 months ago by George Otey
This show is so hilarious. Very inappropriate, but hysterical.Published 5 months ago by Kristen Zillmer