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Summer School (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 22 July 1987 (USA)
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Freddy the gym teacher has to teach remedial English in summer (high) school, if he wants tenure. As he can only teach gym and his students want fun, emphasis is on "field trips" - until he's fired unless all his students pass the test.

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Carl Reiner

Writers:

Stuart Birnbaum (story), David Dashev (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Harmon ... Freddy Shoop
Kirstie Alley ... Ms. Robin Elizabeth Bishop
Robin Thomas ... Vice Principal Phil Gills
Patrick Labyorteaux ... Kevin Winchester
Courtney Thorne-Smith ... Pam House
Dean Cameron ... Francis 'Chainsaw' Gremp
Gary Riley ... Dave Frazier
Kelly Jo Minter ... Denise Green (as Kelly Minter)
Ken Olandt ... Larry Kazamias
Shawnee Smith ... Rhonda Altobello
Richard Steven Horvitz ... Alan Eakian
Fabiana Udenio ... Anna-Maria Mazarelli
Francis X. McCarthy ... Principal Kelban (as Frank McCarthy)
Tom Troupe Tom Troupe ... Judge
Lucy Lee Flippin ... Substitute Teacher - Ms. Cura
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Storyline

A high-school gym teacher has big plans for the summer, but is forced to cancel them to teach a "bonehead" English class for misfit goof-off students. Fortunately, his unconventional brand of teaching fun field trips begins to connect with them, and even inspires ardor in some. Written by Steve Derby <sderby@sdeco.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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At Ocean Front High, what do they call a guy who cuts classes, hates homework, and lives for summer vacations? Teacher.

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Comedy | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Summer School See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$35,658,098
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Mr. Shoop is being confronted by his students on the beach to come back as their teacher, Mr. Shoop can be seen wearing a -Diablo Valley College- shirt or DVC. DVC is a community college in Pleasant Hill California, a Northern Californian suburb of Oakland. See more »

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When Rhonda stands up during first roll call and pats her pregnant stomach, the echo of the ball under her shirt is audible. See more »

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[Shoop is calling roll]
Shoop: Francis Gremp?
Chainsaw: Don't ever call me that, the name's "Chainsaw".
Shoop: As in "Black and Decker"?
Chainsaw: As in "Texas Massacre".
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The UK VHS version was cut by 48 secs by the BBFC to remove all footage of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. This film was banned on video at the time and so no footage could be included. See more »

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Welcome to remedial English.
8 April 2004 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

Summer School is not your typical Carl Reiner film because it doesn't contain much of the ridiculous stupid-comedy you'd find from say, The Cheap Detective or Fatal Instinct. But Reiner presents a nice film, and a fantastic 80s movie, even if he doesn't stick to his formula.

Summer is approaching at a California high school. Gym teacher, Freddie Shoop, a laid-back surfer type, has the misfortune of having to teach summer school remedial English. He has no choice, as he is up for tenure. Says Shoop, pleading to get out of the dreaded responsibility of having to spend summer in a classroom rather than in Hawaii, "I'm not a real teacher. I had out basketballs, check for jock straps. I'm like real challenged."

And Harmon's students don't help to add any enthusiasm. Many are underachievers who are just as interested in finding more interesting ways to spend their time. It starts out with nothing but good times as Shoop and his class ditch school for fieldtrips to the beach, the petting zoo, and the amusement park. But, Shoop, threatened to be fired after the Vince Principal Gillis (Robin Thomas) learns of this. Desperate to keep Gillis from telling the Principal when he returns from vacation, Shoop bargains with Gillis that he will get every student in his class to pass the English skills test at the end of the term. This isn't going to be easy with a class like Shoop's. It isn't that they're dumb. It's just that they're not interested. It's the summer and summer means good times. So, Shoop, already good with bargaining at this point, must also strike deals with each of his students, who promise to help Shoop fullfill his promise to Gillis, if Shoop grants each of them a favor in return. And this is where the fun begins as Shoop clearly gets in way over his head.

This movie is great because of the various characters. Harmon is perhaps the best I've ever seen him as the happy-go-lucky guy trying to get the attention of fellow teacher, Robin Bishop (Kirstey Alley) who is likewise a good match for Shoop. The students themselves are equally enjoyable, with the most hilarious being Chainsaw (Dean Cameron) and Dave (Gary Riley) two guys with a fondness for grossing people out with a handy supply of fake blood and latex. Surprisingly, the movie never seems to have achieved the recognition of other 80s teen movies, though it should have as it is a film that delivers a load of laughs.


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