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Summer School (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 22 July 1987 (USA)
A high-school gym teacher has big plans for the summer, but is forced to cancel them to teach a "bonehead" English class for misfit goof-off students. Fortunately, his unconventional brand ... See full summary »

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A high-school gym teacher has big plans for the summer, but is forced to cancel them to teach a "bonehead" English class for misfit goof-off students. Fortunately, his unconventional brand of teaching fun field trips begins to connect with them, and even inspires ardor in some. Written by Steve Derby <sderby@sdeco.com>

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At Ocean Front High, what do they call a guy who cuts classes, hates homework, and lives for summer vacations? Teacher.

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22 July 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Diversión en el colegio de verano  »

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$35,658,098
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Trivia

In the scene where Shoop teaches his students how to write a complaint letter, some of the lyrics to the James Brown song "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" are visible on the blackboard at the front of the classroom. This is left over from a deleted scene in which Shoop diagrams (and sings!) the song for the class. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Shoop tells Mr. Gills that the kids are as smart as you and me, and Mr. Gills corrects him, saying you and I; Mr. Gills is the one that's wrong. Mr. Shoop used the correct grammar. See more »

Quotes

Shoop: Hey, I remember you. Where have you been?
Jerome Watkins: Bathroom.
Shoop: For the last six weeks?
Jerome Watkins: My zipper got stuck.
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Connections

Referenced in The Big Box: A Christmas Story (2010) See more »

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Jackie
Written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly
Performed by Elisa Fiorillo
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One of the greatest 80s teen comedies ever made

While John Hughes seems to have the monopoly on 80s teen comedies, anyone who loved Ferris Bueller etc... should check out this Carl Reiner masterpiece. Great writing, flawless direction and perfect performances from the lead roles help this film portray summer, school, (as you could guess from the title)and teenage rebellion with charm and wit. Mark Harman is widely considered to have made his name on his looks, but the performance he gives in Summer School is one of a comedy master, with subtle hints of a father figure who never grew up himself. A timeless feel-good classic.

two thumbs up.


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