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High School U.S.A. (1983)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy  -  16 October 1983 (USA)
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Set in a senior high school class, J.J. pursues the girlfriend of a rival from a higher clique.

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Jay-Jay Manners (as Michael Fox)
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Otto Lipton
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Miss D'Angelo
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Principal Pete Kinney
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Mr. Krinsky, janitor
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Set in a senior high school class, J.J. pursues the girlfriend of a rival from a higher clique.

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In a scene where Beth tells Jay-Jay that she just wants to be friends, Jay-Jay replies, "Like Wally and Lumpy... I'll pass." Tony Dow and Frank Bank, who played Wally and Lumpy in Leave It to Beaver (1957), also appear in the film. See more »

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Jay-Jay Manners: Do you know Beth Franklin?
Otto Lipton: Yeah. She's goin' out with Beau Middleton. So unless you got twenty-five million dollars and a lifetime supply of Brut, forget about it.
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The beginning of the 80s teen TV movie phenomenon
20 September 2004 | by (Wilton, NH) – See all my reviews

Come back with us now to the 1980s. While movie companies were cashing in on teen success, NBC decided to take advantage on the teen movie trend by making their own. High School U.S.A. was the beginning. It was originally a TV pilot, but you could hardly tell it was. Still, this movie featured teen stars of the time who went on to big things that included:

Michael J Fox (Family Ties), Nancy McKeon (The Facts of Life), Todd Bridges & the late Dana Plato (Diff'rent Strokes), Lauri Hendler (Gimme a Break), Crystal Bernard & Cathy Silvers (Happy Days), Anthony Edwards (who went to big things), David Packer (V), Crispin Glover (Back to the Future), and the late Tom Villard (who did many supporting & guest roles in movies and TV).

The setting is Excelsior Union High School in Missouri. JJ Manners (Fox) is sort is the somewhat leader of a group of uncool kids. He is likable, but the prep & jocks (led by Beau Middleton, played by Edwards) can't stand him or his kind. It gets even worse when JJ falls in love with Beth Franklin (McKeon), who was a zero but became part of the A-crowd when she started to date Beau.

There are many subplots as well, which as just as funny. A host of 50s & 60s TV stars show up. It is pretty interesting seeing teen stars from one generation meet up with another.

Do I think it would've worked as a TV series? Probably not. Some of the stars were involved in other TV shows and projects. It would've been impossible top bring all the cast members back. Still, it stands on its own well as a TV movie. It was probably best it ended that way as well.

It's worth a look for fans of the 80s and even fans of 50s and 60s.

Pat


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