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Recess: School's Out (2001)

TJ and company must save summer vacation from disappearing forever.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rickey D'Shon Collins ...
Vince LaSalle (voice)
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Mikey Blumberg (voice)
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T.J. Detweiler (voice) (as Andy Lawrence)
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Gus Griswald (voice)
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Ashley Spinelli (voice) (as Pamela Segall)
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Mikey Blumberg (singing voice)
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Fenwick (voice)
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Guard #2 (voice)
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Miss Grotkey (voice)
Francesca Marie Smith ...
Ashley B / Upside-Down Girl / Swinger Girl (voice)
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Storyline

It's the most exciting time of year at Third Street Elementary-- the end of the School Year! But boredom quickly sets in for protagonist TJ Detweiler, as his friends (the other 5 protagonist children) are headed for Summer Camp. One day, while passing by the school on his bike, he notices a green glow coming from the school's auditorium. This is the work of the insidious ex-principal of Third Street, Phillium Benedict and his gang of ninjas and secret service look-alikes! Benedict is planning to get rid of Summer Vacation using his newly-acquired Tractor Beam, which he stole from the US Military Base in an effort to raise US Test Scores, and it's up to the Recess Gang to stop him! In the end, TJ and the gang, with the help from the other students, Principal Prickly, Ms. Finster and the other teachers, destroy the laser, Benedict and his henchmen are arrested, and the kids (TJ's buddies) decide to spend their Summer with TJ. Written by FREAKAZOID!

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Certificate:

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16 February 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Recess: The Movie - School's Out  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,455,016, 18 February 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,696,761, 12 August 2001
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Trivia

Burt Reynolds was originally cast as Benedict but was replaced with James Woods as the producers thought Reynolds' performance was too over-the-top and sinister. See more »

Goofs

T.J. rides his bike by the school & see the glowing green light in the windows of the school. The recess gang stand outside the school and see the giant tractor beam device rise out of the roof of the school and shoot a beam & yet we're suppose to believe that no one else in the neighbourhood or throughout the town notice this happening at the school. See more »

Quotes

Benedict: Same old noble Pete. Always standing up for the rights of children.
TJ: [to Prickly] You?
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Crazy Credits

Lawson's name is listed in the credits, but he never speaks in the movie. See more »

Connections

References The Shining (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

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Written by Harry Nilsson
Performed by Three Dog Night
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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One of the funniest Disney movies ever made...

...I had never thought Disney could redeem themselves after movies like "Tarzan" and "Mulan" until I seen this classic. Yes, I just said that Recess: School's Out is a classic. I loved this movie, and I'm a teen who hates most cartoons.

There is nothing about this movie that isn't funny, from Robert Goulet making a 'cameo' as character Mikey's singing voice to all the overdone teen cliches in character T.J.'s older sister Becky (Mellissa Joan Hart). This movie never even tries to be overly-dramatic as most other Disney movies, it's just straight, top of the line fun.

Without a doubt the greatest thing going for this movie is James Woods as the Dr. Evil type villain, pulling all the cliches of the James Bond bad guys. That's the great thing about Recess, it basically uses cliches, but makes fun of them too.

Hilarious movie, 8/10.


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