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Summer School (1987)

Mark Harmon , Kirstie Alley , Carl Reiner  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Mark Harmon, Kirstie Alley, Robin Thomas Grossman, 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: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001O3W4G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,192 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Not nearly as raunchy as some of the other teen exploitation films that came out around the same time, Summer School is a feel-good movie in which all the characters are clueless, but also kind of likeable for some inexplicable reason. Mark Harmon stars as Freddy Shoop, a lazy physical education instructor who is forced by his nemesis (aka The Principal) to teach summer school. He's not lucky enough to get the overachiever kids who attend summer school because they want to; Shoop gets the students who have to attend because they've failed. As you might expect, his class is full of lazy losers who don't think of summer school as real school. Actually, Shoop kind of agrees with them. He's not as irresponsible as he would have them believe, although he's not above bribing them to do their best. Released theatrically in 1987, the film stars a very young Courtney Thorne-Smith (Melrose Place, According to Jim) as one of the students. And Kirstie Alley (Cheers) appears as Shoop's love interest. Directed by Carl Reiner, Summer School has an almost innocent feel. It's the silly movie trying to pass itself off as naughty, but really it's not. Summer School was released before filmmakers knew they needed to save good outtakes and bloopers for DVDs, so the special features aren't all that special. The most appealing is footage of some of the cast members while the film was being shot. But if you're curious about listening to the audio commentary offered by Harmon and Reiner, take a pass. Though both men are charming on talk shows, neither is particularly insightful here. --Jae-Ha Kim

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freddy (Mark Harmon) is out of school for the summer, so he thinks.. The principal decides that Freddy need a class of remedial english..Lots of laughs, mischiefs and fun, fun for the summer

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Harmless Fun June 3, 2004
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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie January 22, 1999
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really captures the 80's!! February 16, 2004
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Format:VHS Tape
Mark Harmon at his absolute best. This is a movie that will remind you of the good times you had in the 80's if you were fortunate enough to live them. This is a movie that doesn't take itself seriously and it looked as if the cast had a great time filming it. Paramount needs to release this on DVD ASAP!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Happy that the world is upside down" February 13, 2007
"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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Re-enroll in Summer School! June 30, 2005
I was really surprised at how entertaining Summer School is. I bought this at a DVD blow-out sale and decided to take a chance as the price was a steal. I expected a typical teen gross-out comedy. However, this is well directed and very heartwarming. Carl Reiner did a very skillful job at creating a sometimes hilarious film with excellent characters. The chemistry between Mark Harmon and Kirsty Alley is terrific. The kids in remedial English are great and surprisingly touching. By the way, anyone who loves the Texas Chainsaw Massacre will get a real buzz (pun intended) out of the character of Chainsaw, a kid who is obsessed with that movie. Loved it. Highly recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars dvd not vhs
I ordered a DVD you sent me a VHS. I would like to reorder If you have ADD. Thank you
Published 9 days ago by victor
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised at language
The movie and it's premise were entertaining and I liked the pairing of Kristy and Tom - fun! However, I was disappointed at the four letter words that weren't necessary and felt... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Eddie
5.0 out of 5 stars Light Summer Fun!
Here's another champ from the 80's. I grew up on movies like this. It's always great revisiting comedies from my childhood, brings back memories. Read more
Published 20 days ago by pattk77
5.0 out of 5 stars Wondermut !
Classic summer of '87 movie.
Doesn't get much better than this.
Mind over Matter remix.
Fun, from when they were younger.
Published 2 months ago by Nozapalooza
5.0 out of 5 stars NO THANK
Published 2 months ago by no thanks
2.0 out of 5 stars Funny, but...
...crude and vulgar parts. Not for children to watch if you feel you are a responsible parent/adult. Too many sexual references and bad language.
Published 3 months ago by kg467
4.0 out of 5 stars great flick
one of my all time favs. Mark Harmon before NCIS. its funny its alittle sad but mostly its just real funny
Published 3 months ago by Robert Palmer
3.0 out of 5 stars Summer School classic 80's
Summer school is a classic 80's flick. If you like that era's movies its worth a trip down memory lane.
Published 3 months ago by Hayward
3.0 out of 5 stars How I Spent My Summer Vacation
This is one of the delightful, sophomoric humor flicks the 80's were notable for. Mark Harmon, cast as a beach bum/Gym Teacher seemed a questionable choice however as the movie... Read more
Published 4 months ago by MovieFann
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
It was a funny moving I haven't laughed that much in years. Would recommend this movie to anyone. Loved Mark in this movie
Published 4 months ago by Pat Zammit
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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.
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