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High School High (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Romance  |  25 October 1996 (USA)
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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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Comedy | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 October 1996 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$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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[the school nurse hands a student a paper which has an appointment for a pregnancy test]
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This spoof is a odd mix of funny moments and a message of for those you want an education.
30 December 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A naive but dedicated educator (Jon Lovitz) decides to teach at the roughest high school in L.A. and once he arrived at this new job, he finds out the conditions at this school is tough, violent and students don't want to know anything about higher education. This educator befriends with an beautiful teacher (Tia Carrere) and an student (Mekhi Phifer), who wants an education. But this student has troubles with his previous gang members, especially with the leader (Guillermo Diaz). Who still wants him to sell drugs on the streets. This educator also has trouble with passionless principal (Oscar-Winner:Louise Fletcher) but he finds a way to teach his most unlikely students and giving them hope for education, which they never had before.

Directed by Canadian actor:Hart Bochner (PCU) made an amusing comedy that spoofs films like "Dangerous Minds", "Stand and Deliver", "The Deer Hunter" and other memorable films. Lovitz is extremely likable and he has some very big laughs in this silly comedy. Although this comic spoof is unusually realistic at other moments also. The film has an good message for any students for those who wants an education and to have a bright future but it is also hard, what it's wants to be. Ambitious to be sure but always watchable. Written by David Zucker (Airplane!, Baseketball, Ruthless People), Robert LoCash (CB4:The Movie, Naked Gun 33 1/3:The Final Insult) and Pat Proof (Hot Shots 1 & 2, Bachelor Party, Police Academy). (*** ½/*****).

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