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Summer School (Life's a Beach Edition)

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School s out and Ocean Front High gym teacher Freddy Shoop (Mark Harmon) has big plans: summer in Hawaii. But the school s vice-principal has plans for Freddy too: teaching remedial English. Aloha paradise - hello Summer School. Director Carl Reiner (All Of Me The Jerk) delighted fans and critics alike with this warm perceptive comedy about a laid-back teacher (Harmon) relegated to teaching a class of likeable misfits including a slasher-flick addict (Dean Cameron) his wacky sidekick (Gary Riley) and a sexy female surfer (Courtney Thorne-Smith) of TV s Ally McBeal and Melrose Place). Kirstie Alley (TV s Cheers and Veronica s Closet) is the no-nonsense history professor down the hall who s keeping an eye on all the shenanigans - and on the handsome irresistible Freddy. The road to academic success has never been bumpier but to earn straight A s in laughter take Summer School.System Requirements:Running Time: 97 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY Rating: PG - 13 UPC: 097361223049 Manufacturer No: 122304

Special Features

  • Inside the Teacher's Lounge
  • Summer School Yearbook
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Photo Gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Mark Harmon, Kirstie Alley, Robin Thomas, Patrick Labyorteaux, Courtney Thorne-Smith
  • Directors: Carl Reiner
  • Writers: Jeff Franklin, David Dashev, Stuart Birnbaum
  • Producers: George Shapiro, Howard West, Jeff Franklin, Marc Trabulus
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NA21Y0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,867 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Summer School (Life's a Beach Edition)" on IMDb

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1987's Summer School is an underrated comedy from the 80's. The plot revolves around reluctant summer school teacher, Freddy Shoop (Mark Harmon), who is forced into the job after the original teacher hits the lottery. Shoop is a gym teacher and he must deal with a classroom full of typical high school misfits. Throughout the summer, Shoop's unconventional teaching methods get him trouble with the school's vice principal, but wins over the kids. The film is carried by the immensely likable cast. Mr. Harmon reactions to the student's quirks and miscues are perfectly timed and the students provide genuine laughs. Dean Cameron & Gary Riley are hilarious as shock meisters Chainsaw and Dave, Richard Steven Horowitz plays the perfect geek as Alan Eakain and a young Courtney Thorne-Smith is alluring as Pam House who develops a big time thing for Shoop. Kirstie Alley shows up as a love interest for Shoop. Summer School is a great, lightweight movie that is small on plot, but big on laughs and fun.
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"Summer School" surprised a lot of critics by bringing something new to a genre most people had already had enough of by the time of its release (1987). With a spunky screenplay and Carl Reiner's gift for comedic timing, the film fills in a gap neglected by the majority of the decade's other high school pics, whose styles were polarized between the rebellious, goofy sexcapades found in John Hughes' brat pack series, and more "mature," galvanizing films like "Stand and Deliver."

"Summer School" begins with Danny Elfman's song "Happy" playing as the clock counts down and students prepare for summer. Reiner himself portrays usual summer teacher, Mr. Dearadorian, who happens to win fifty thousand dollars in a scratch off lottery just as the last bell rings. His boss, Vice Principal Phil Gills (Robin Thomas) tries to tell him there is no Island, but he quits anyway.

Gills approaches Freddy Shoop (Mark Harmon), a gym teacher who is ready to spend the summer in Hawaii with his girlfriend -- "We got leis on and everything." Gills threatens his tenure, so he decides to stay. Shoop tries to get his girlfriend to stay by quoting "There's no place like home." She says she understands and will just go without him.

Mr. Shoop's class is made up of group of slackers and misfits who for a variety of reasons failed the English skills test required to graduate.

There are: Dave and Chainsaw, an inseparable pair, one is obsessed with Chainsaw, the other with the film, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"; There's Alan, the black-sheep of a genius family; Anna Maria, a buxom foreign exchange student brushing up on her English skills; Pam House, a spaced-out surfer girl with a thing for Mr.
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Screw the Amazon editorial reviewer. That person doesn't know what they're talking about. This movie is AWESOME! Silly...absolutley. Serious...no way! Pee in yer pants funny...HELL YEAH!
Mark Harmon is fantastic as Freddy Shoop a lazy surfer beach bum gym teacher who only teaches to get his summers off. He is forced to teach a group of "misfits" during summer school or he loses his job. Simple and easy. But most comedies don't rely on story, it's all about the characters and the situations. This ones got great characters galore. All the students are fully fleshed out characters each with their own stories and situations. From the horror loving goofballs Dave and Chainsaw, Pam the surfer chick, Inkian the nerd, Larry the sleeper, to Anna-Marie the-HOLY MOLY-she's-HOT Italian foreign exchange student, all of them are unique and loveable.
Mark Harmon pulls it all together with a great comic performance. Plus he's great while he tries to win the heart of fellow summer school honors class teacher, Kirstie Alley away from her boyfriend, the vice principal who sentenced Shoop to summer school.
This movie is a classic of the teen/college movie genre. Much like "Sixteen Candles", "The Sure Thing, "Weird Science", "Real Genius", and " Revenge of the Nerds. This is one of the best 80's comedies.
If you haven't seen it, then run, drive over the speed limit, push an old lady out of the way, do anything as fast as you can to see this movie and buy it. It's not out on DVD, so you gotta find a VHS copy.
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Summer School is by far one of my all-time favorite movies to watch. You can never get bored with it, I must have watched it 200 times or more. The movie is all about a high school gym teacher (Mark Harmon) Freddy Shoop who is forced to teach remedial English class in summer school to a group of social misfits. Shoop has no idea how to teach and instead of hitting the books, they hit the amusement parks, beaches, petting zoos, amongst other places. His students include: Chainsaw & Dave who are obssessed with horror movies and play pranks on the vice president. Larry who sleeps in class throughout the entire movie. Pam who has a crush on her teacher Mr. Shoop. Jerome Watkins who spends 9 weeks in the bathroom because his zipper got stuck! Allen Ekian who is your basic "geek/nerd". Ronda who is pregnant and doesn't know who the father is. Denise Green who is trying to get her drivers license but is a terrible driver to say the least! In order for Shoop to get his students to learn he has to bribe them! Chainsaw & Dave get to have a party at shoops house on the 4th of July, a ride to and from work, plus a in school screening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie. Larry gets his own bed in the classroom. Pam "needs a place to stay" and gets to move in with Mr. Shoop. Mr. Shoop has to become Ronda's Lamoz coach. He has to give Denise driving lessons. And Mr. Shoop has to be Kevin's "tackling dummy" in case he makes it back on the football team. It's hard to explain in words how funny this movie is, you'll just have to see it for yourself!
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I know this post was from years ago, but since nobody answered and I happen to have to DVD not two feet from me...

Yes, the Life's a Beach edition had commentary from both Carl Reiner and Mark Harmon, along with a couple of other extras that weren't very impressive.
Feb 3, 2011 by Steven E. Sauer |  See all 2 posts
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