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"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.Read more ›
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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This movie is too cute. I have watched it over and over. It's pure fun and entertainment. It's got every kind of kid all of us went to school with. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Katydid
Had never heard of this movie before I started watching it, it's clear pretty quickly with the staff car park scene of teacher's fleeing cartoon style from getting roped in to... Read morePublished 21 days ago by James N Simpson
Still a good show about some poor slackers that have to attend school during their summer break. The smart girl in a bad situation, the pregger girl and the movie fans lusting over... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chris
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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