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Richard Clark has just left the well-known Wellington Academy to teach at Marion Barry High School. Now, he will try to inspire the D-average students into making good grades and try to woo a fellow teacher.

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Richard Clark has just left the well-known Wellington Academy to teach at Marion Barry High School. Now, he will try to inspire the D-average students into making good grades and try to woo a fellow teacher.

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Rated PG-13 for crude sexual humor, partial nudity and some drug references | See all certifications »

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25 October 1996 (USA)  »

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$6,311,786 (USA) (25 October 1996)

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$20,951,277 (USA) (10 January 1997)
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The car race (aka "Chicky Run") between Riff (Mekhi Phifer) and Paco (Guillermo Díaz), where both racers race to the edge of a cliff, with the first person jumping out of the car is considered the "chicken" is similar to the "Chicky Run" in the legendary film, Rebel Without a Cause (1955). Ironically, actress Natalie Wood who played Judy, the "Chicky Run's" starter in that film is the mother of actress Natasha Gregson Wagner who plays Julie Rubels (the pregnant teenage in Mr. Clark's classroom) in this movie. See more »

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When Mr. Clark asks the question, "Who was the first President of the U.S. to appear on television?", he says that the correct answer is "Eisenhower"; the first president to appear on television was Franklin Roosevelt at the 1939 World's Fair in New York City. See more »

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[During drug bust]
Principal Evelyn Doyle: What is she doing here?
Richard Clark: She's my bitch!
[Veronica scolds at him]
Richard Clark: Well... my significant other. We've been slappin' skins for sometime, hmmmm?
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Written by John Bettis & Richard Carpenter
Performed by The Carpenters
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Decent spoof
28 January 2002 | by (Jersey City, NJ) – See all my reviews

I've seen the movie about nine or ten times, so naturally many of the jokes--which I found hysterical at first--aren't that funny anymore. But I don't think they could've done a much better job at spoofing high school flicks like "Dangerous Minds," "Lean on Me," "The Blackboard Jungle" and "To Sir, With Love." There are lots of witty moments that hit the bullseye.

The jokes are not over-the-top, nor are they filthy and vomit-inducing like many recent spoofs. It's from the writers of "The Naked Gun" and the talent really shows.

Jon Lovitz is funny, like usual. Tia Carrerre has never looked hotter, and serves as great eye candy. Louise Fletcher is appropriately creepy as the principal, who is sort of like a female version of Joe Clark--she also roams the hallways with a baseball bat.

The young stars like Guillermo Diaz, Mekhi Pfieffer, Natasha Gregson Wagner and Brian Hooks are very good and their timing is just right.

I would probably praise this movie a lot more if I submitted this comment after my first viewing, but trust me--it's very funny! But, like many broad comedies of this kind, it's not as enjoyable on repeat viewings. After having seen the latest spoof, "Not Another Teen Movie," I'm able to appreciate this film a lot more. This is a spoof with wit and structure, and even has a few subtle in-jokes: the school is titled Marion Barry High. You get it?

My score: 7 (out of 10)


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