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Recess: School's Out (2001)

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TJ and company must save summer vacation from disappearing forever.

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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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Miss Muriel P. Finster / Mrs. Detweiller (voice)
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Guard #2 (voice)
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Miss Grotkey (voice)
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Ashley B / Upside-Down Girl / Swinger Girl (voice) (as Francesca Marie Smith)
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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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Saving The World One Playground At A Time


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16 February 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Recess: The Movie - School's Out  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£122,891 (UK) (27 July 2001)

Gross:

£935,271 (UK) (17 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

When T.J contacts all the camps to cover up for his friends, Students are seen covering up for Gus, Vince, Spinelli and Mikey. But strangely no one is seen covering up for Gretchen. See more »

Quotes

[Holding diary out of Becky's reach]
TJ: Uh uh uh. I got copies. Now either you give me a ride or this baby hits the internet.
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Crazy Credits

When the Walt Disney pictures logo forms, T.J., Spinelli, Mikey, Gretchen, Gus, and Vince appear on the logo and blow their kazoos to the tune of the Walt Disney Pictures logo music. See more »

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Spoofs Heathers (1988) See more »

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Wipe Out
Written by Robert Berryhill, Patrick Connolly, James Fuller, Ronald Wilson
Arranged by Denis M. Hannigan
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Could've been better
4 May 2013 | by (Co, Derry, Northern Ireland) – See all my reviews

I actually thought the trailer was more exciting than the movie.

The big problem with this movie is that you don't feel like you're watching a movie, you think you're watching a long episode of the show. Whereas Beavis and Butt-head Do America, the South Park movie and The Simpsons Movie made you feel like you're watching a movie since they were in wide screen and had an orchestra doing the score, giving them all a nice epic feel. Recess: School's Out makes you feel like you're watching a straight to DVD or TV Movie.

The film was going to be straight to video, but somehow got a theatrical release. The animation does gets dodgy at times, They characters looked like they were drawn in a very rushed way.

The plot about the Government trying to move the moon with a giant lazer, that's not something you'd see on Recess.

The main focus is on T.J., it would've been nice to focus on the other kids as well. Like in the South Park movie where each kid had a sub plot and in The Simpsons Movie where each family member had a sub plot. That would've been better.

Also, the whole thing about kids telling the police something and they don't believe them and just laugh at them is such a cliché.

Still, I didn't hate the film. I liked the kids' rebellion against the government, James Woods' villain is amusing, there's some good gags here and now and it is a love letter to Summer holidays.

The "Green Tambourine" song was good as well.

They should have considered making this film a theatrical release, so that it would look better. I thought the trailer looked more theatrical than the movie itself. Maybe they should have made the movie look like the trailer.

Not bad, but the TV show is better.


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