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Three ridiculously sexy girls go from Iowa to Los Angeles to teach
summer school in this quasi-sequel to "The Student Teachers". But
whereas the first film was marginally realistic and believable, this is
completely absurd, but a lot more fun. The students at this school all
look like they flunked several years (maybe even a decade or so) and
the female students seem to have chosen summer school because the
flexible hours wouldn't interfere with their regular gigs as pole
dancers. (The girls' PE class, for instance, is first introduced with a
close-up pan of their gyrating, barely clad asses). And why would they
teach subjects like PE and art in summer school, anyway? What kind of
idiot would flunk those subjects? (I actually once taught math in
summer school and it was NOTHING like this, although perhaps that was a
good thing because I might be in jail right now if all the female
students had looked like this).
In typical Corman/New World fashion there is, of course, some amount of serious plot-lines and half-assed feminism thrown in with the gratuitous T and A. One teacher falls in love with a delinquent male student (which even if you're a young, sexy female, is a professional and legal no-no). The art teacher meanwhile inadvertently gets involved in nude modeling. And in the most ridiculous story Candice Rialson tries to start a girls' football team against the wishes of Dick Miller's sexist football coach.
The female director of this Barbara Peeters would go on to direct the cult classic "Humanoids of the Deep", which she complained Corman later went back and salted with even more gratuitous female nudity. Well, I wish he'd done that with this one too, at least with regards the mouth-wateringly luscious Candice Rialson. Seeing a movie like this without regular nude scenes from her is like watching a Laker game with Kobe Bryant sitting on the bench. Seriously though, Rialson was a very appealing low-budget actress and I was sad to learn she died back in 2006. Dick Miller is an institution in Corman movies going all the way back to "A Bucket of Blood", but he actually gets a fairly large and well-developed part here as a macho, sexist coach (at, um, a summer school). This movie has turned up recently on a couple of legitimate DVD collections, so it might just be worth checking out.
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A trio of naive, but eager young Midwestern women go to California to
teach summer school classes at Regency High School. Perky, willful
Candice ("Hollywood Boulevard," "Chatterbox!") Rialson starts up and
coaches an all-female football team; she also becomes romantically
involved with gawky, but amicable fellow student teacher Christopher
Barrett. Stuffy Bible banging chemistry teacher Pat ("T.N.T. Jackson")
Anderson manages to loosen up after she falls hard for surly juvenile
delinquent Will Carney. Pert, liberated photography instructor Rhonda
Leigh ("Cover Girl Models") Hopkins has sex with both a two-faced male
chauvinist jerk and a more decent, understanding guy.
This thoroughly inane, amiable, episodic and animated New World Pictures comedic teen sexploitation item sizes up as a hugely enjoyable outing: writer/director Barbara ("Humanoids from the Deep") Peeters keeps the pace quite zippy and the tone suitably lighthearted throughout, the ceaseless barrage of jokes about breasts, buttocks, fat guys, uptight high school authority figures, sex (of course), dirty little old lady peeping toms, dorky middle-aged dudes on the make, and gross macho bozos are very crude, but still pretty funny, the expected romantic interludes are surprisingly tasteful and erotic, the Los Angeles strip club footage is authentically tacky, the sappy bleeding heart "let's give the kids a chance" posturing never becomes too icky-cute, the feminist subtext is slight, yet sincere, there's a reasonably decent automobile chase and a nice subplot about a stolen car ring, and the climactic women only football game manages to be really amusing, if nothing too spectacular. Moreover, the always dependable Dick Miller cuts loose with a riotously hammy performance as a crooked, sexist, vulgar macho swine football coach, the three female leads are sexy, lively and appealing, Eric ("The Hills Have Eyes") Saarinen's handsome, agile cinematography provides lots of lovely, gorgeously lit visuals, and J.J. Jackson's bouncy, ebullient score will plant a mile-wide smile on your face that you won't take off for a week. Now, what more could you possibly want from a blissfully insubstantial, but infectiously effervescent and entertaining goofball time-waster?
Roger Corman's wife Julie produces a movie in which a bunch of
good-looking babes from Iowa go to California to be teachers, and a
bunch of silly things happen. "Summer School Teachers" definitely comes
across as a movie made to appeal to the women's liberation movement.
Mostly it's all titillation. My favorite part was the scene where the
old women are listening to one of the teachers converse with a man,
misinterpreting the entire conversation. Whatever the movie's main
intention was, it comes out as nice brainless fun, and the final scene
affirms that the 1950s mores are LONG gone! The fun lives forever!
PS: Dick Miller (the sexist PE teacher) frequently appeared in Roger Corman's movies, and more recently appears a lot in Joe Dante's movies.
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