Sunday, January 23, 2011

Summer School (1987)

IMDB Link:
Summer School

Directed By:
Carl Reiner

Summing It Up:
After the normal summer school teacher wins the lottery and runs off, a care-free gym teacher finds himself stuck teaching Remedial English to a group of social misfits.

Quick Thoughts: 
Summer School has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid, so it's safe to say that I highly enjoyed rewatching it as an adult. Part of it is due to the nostalgia of it, part of it is because I now understand even more of the humor, and part is just because it's plain old fun.

Director Carl Reiner (The Jerk) does an excellent job taking what could have been just another cheesy 80s comedy and turning it into something much more. Sure, it has all of the trappings of the 80s - bad hair, bad fashion,  a sidekick dog, Kirstie Alley - but it also has a well-meaning heart and some damn funny scenes as well. Mark Harmon is very likable as the bumbling teacher, and the cast of students (including a young, and pregnant, Shawnee Smith) are all equally fun to watch. However, it's safe to say that, for me, the characters of Chainsaw and Dave steal the show (the scenes with their pranks are epic).

If you're a lover of 80s comedy, and you haven't seen Summer School, then you should do so immediately. Or, as Chainsaw and Dave would say, "I give this two big thumbs up!"


4 out of 5


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