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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
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
Watched recently with sister and it really brought back many fond and forgotten memories from high school (like signing your parents name on field trip permission slips)... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Susan Powell
Excellent movie. Funny seeing Gibbs in this role. Would recommend it.Published 11 days ago by debbie lane
As some one who has spent his life teaching, I find summer school to be one of the better films about the profession. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Mark D. Burgh
One of the greatest 80's movies! "Do the dance for me, baby!"Published 2 months ago by Rebecca Petersen
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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