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To prove his brother's innocence, undercover officer Nick enrolls in high school again, dealing with crushes, bullies, humiliations, popularity swings, and quirky teachers and staff to find the real murderer.

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Nick Dunbar
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Robin Torrence
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Chet Butler
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Jane Melway
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Ed Malmburg
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Dave Hechtor
Jackie Gayle ...
Coach Zeffer
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Mr. Wiseman
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Mr. Gardner
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Dawn-Marie Zeffer
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Kyle Kerns
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Simon Feck
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Matt Dunbar
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Captain Graff
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Carter
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Trying to get his brother out of jail, Nick has to bump his way out again from high school, find the murderer, keep his job as a policeman and run away from crazy little girls. Written by JS

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An Undercover Nightmare.


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July 1989 (Peru)  »

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Assassinato em 2º Grau  »

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$289,323 (USA)
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Film debut of Loren Dean. See more »

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Ed Malmburg: You're supposed to be helping your brother Matt, not getting nippy with some cheerleaders!
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YOU CAN COUNT ON ME
Written and Performed and Produced by Billy Sherwood
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19 September 2010 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Arliss Howard (looking at home) stars in this enjoyably offbeat mystery comedy, which he plays a cop who goes undercover at his brother's high school when he's accused of stabbing a teacher. Because how young he looks no one believes he's a cop, so why not go back to school to figure who committed the murder and helping is his partner (a terrific Seymour Cassel) who pretends to be his father. But there's no escaping the daily grind of high school.

Kind of surprised this is not more well known, bestowing an excellent ensemble cast (George Wendt, Diana Ladd, Suzy Amis, Larry Pine and Robert Stack) giving decent performances by presenting an odd assortment of characters and sharing great chemistry (especially Howard and Cassel). The story moves between trying to connect the dots throwing out possible leads and red herrings (in predictably daft way), while also adjusting to school life. These are the usual things (bullying, popularity and crushes), but it remains charming, authentically atmospheric and lightly humorous. There's a certain mock seriousness attitude abound and there's neat running gag involving amusing quips over the school PA system and a memorable little poetry reading to explain the word metaphor. It has snappy energy and frequent humour, while low-key it does balance out nicely against its murder mystery angle.

Pleasing under-the-radar late 80s comedy.


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