Summer School Movie Review

Summer School

Summer School's Never been this fun...
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Mark Harmon stars with his furry co-star


Mark Harmon, Ken Olandt, Kirstie Alley, Shawnee Smith

Fabiana Udenio, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Kelly Jo Minter, Dean Cameron, Lucy Lee Flippin, Richard Steven Horvitz, Patrick Labyorteaux, Francis X. McCarthy, Gary Riley, Beau Starr, Amy Stock-Poynton, Robin Thomas, Tom Troupe, Laura Waterbury, Robin Kaufman Update Cast


Look for Carl Reiner making a cameo appearance!

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Carl Reiner was one of America's pre-eminent directors in the 70's and 80's, whose credits include the hit comedies "Oh, God!", "The Jerk", and "All Of Me" . Carl passed away of natural causes in June of 2020. He was 98 years old!

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This movie is one of the best comedies that was ever made in the 80's. I say that it is right up there with the likes of "Sixteen Candles" and other 80's icons!

It stars Mark Harmon as Mr. Freddy Shoop, a gym teacher who is on his way to a tropical vacation for the summer when a snotty vice principal tells Freddy that if he wants to keep his job at the high school then he has to teach summer school!

I've been handing out assignments and the kids turn them in and everything. It's almost like school in there!

-Freddy Shoop

Among some of the pupils that Shoop will be educating are Rhonda, a pregnant teen, Chainsaw and Dave, two horror movie obsessed students with a love for the macabre and Larry, a sleepy student with a night job that leaves little to the imagination. Throw in a hot Italian exchange-student bombshell and a out of place dweeb and you have the makings of one heck of a wacky adventure!

Throughout the movie, Shoop is tested as a teacher and a friend as he makes bargains with his class and takes them on insane field trips that have little to no educational value all the while beaming for the love of fellow teacher Ms. Bishop (Kirstie Alley) and fending off the wicked Vice principal.

Summer School is an adventure, to say the least and an amazing comedy that screams of 80's antics. Only in the 80's would a great movie be made like this folks.

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In my book this movie scores high. It is filled with wacky 80's antics, hilarious charecters and a great soundtrack of 80's pop!

Totally cool cast, wicked music and 80's cheese make this comedy beloved!
Stuffy movie goers won't enjoy this.

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Key Crew

Director: Carl Reiner
Writer: Stuart Birnbaum, David Dashev, Jeff Franklin
Producers: Jeff Franklin, George Shapiro, Marc Trabulus, Howard West
Locations Manager: David Salven Jr.

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Release Date: 22 Jul 1987
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Production: Paramount Pictures
Genre: Comedy

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