Summer School – 3 out of 5
I remember watching this movie when I was younger but don’t remember many of the details of the film beyond a few scenes here and there and that I genuinely enjoyed it. Recently I was reminded about it and decided to search it out and revisit the movie and see if the memory of it is as good as the actual film.
|The leopard hat/suspender combo should just come with a shirt that reads, |
"I'm a douche, feel free to punch me."
|I did mention they were troublesome students, right?|
|Look at that shirt. Of course he's a laid back, hip teacher.|
Going back to watch this movie I found that some of my memories of the film were pretty dead-on. I don’t remember being blown away from the movie (possibly because I was too young to get most of the stuff) but watching it now I realized the film was mildly entertaining and not bad.
|I suddenly remember why I watched this movie so often as a young boy.|
The story gets a little sloppy as the film doesn’t really show a progression of time very well. Most of the improvements the students make along the way in the story are inferred and not really shown that much. Even the supposed bad teaching of Shoop that is explained by Vice Principal Gill (Robin Thomas) and fellow teacher and love interest for Shoop; Ms. Bishop (Kirstie Alley), is spoken of through dialogue and barely shown throughout the film. For example, Gill says Shoop takes his students a lot of field trips and in the movie we only see Shoop take the kids on two field trips at that point. I guess two is a lot.
|Fashions were strange in the 80s.|
Also, all the students’ problems are solved after a single one-on-one scene with Shoop. For example, Shawnee Smith plays Rhonda, a young girl who has a baby growing inside her (pregnant, the scientific term goes) and has no one to support her. She asks Shoop to be her Lamaze coach. We see Shoop go to one class and never seen him go again…but luckily another student swoops in and finds pregnant woman hot so he ends up being her Lamaze coach…and then Shawnee Smith’s character grows up, becomes a drug addict and then ends up being Jigsaw’s apprentice.
|Look how the man in the marching band hat remains calm in a dire situation.|
|Well...maybe the benefits are worth the risk.|
|Listen to Kirstie Alley in her pre-Scientology/the-only-time-you-hear-about-her-|
is-when-they-talk-about-her-weight phase...that Kirstie won't stear you wrong.
|Looks like every teacher I had.|