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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.

Director:

Hart Bochner

Writers:

David Zucker, Robert LoCash (as Robert N. LoCash) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Lovitz ... Richard Clark
Tia Carrere ... Victoria Chapell
Louise Fletcher ... Principal Evelyn Doyle
Mekhi Phifer ... Griff McReynolds
Malinda Williams ... Natalie Thompson
Guillermo Díaz ... Paco Rodriguez
Lexie Bigham ... Two-Bags
Gil Espinoza ... Alonzo
John Neville ... Thaddeus Clark
Brian Hooks ... Anferny Jefferson
Natasha Gregson Wagner ... Julie Rubels
Marco Rodríguez ... Mr. DeMarco
Nicholas Worth ... Rhino
Eric Allan Kramer ... Hulk
Lu Elrod ... Miss Bernie Wells
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

There's a new teacha in the hood! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aprende como puedas See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,311,786, 27 October 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,951,277, 12 January 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In some countries, the title became a direct pun at the translated title of the film Dangerous Minds. In Portugal, the film was translated as Mentes Pirosas ("Tacky Minds"), as Dangerous Minds was titled Mentes Perigosas (lit. "Dangerous minds") See more »

Goofs

When Clark first arrives and drives over the tire guard, all his tires are blown out but as he steps out of the car after parking it, you can clearly see his rear tires are fully inflated. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. McReynolds: [Griff has graduated] Way to go Griff that's my boy!
Mrs. Clark: [She taps Mrs. McReynolds on the shoulder and then points at Richard] That's *my* boy
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits: "A [nonsensical symbol]* Production (*The Producer Formerly Known as David Zucker)." See more »

Alternate Versions

Some of the extented footage in the TV version has a bit of more dialogue between Richard Clark and his father in the opening scene where Richard tells his father that he may not be able to change the world but at least make a difference. When Richard Clark first arrives at Barry High School, he asks a student standing in front of the Danger Treds Damage Tires sign and asks where the faculty parking lot is and the student responds "who are you?" and Richard replies that he's a new teacher and the student replys "so, more meat for the grinder." A more lenghly introduction to the classroom is shown with a few men wearing chemical protective clothing leave the classroom as Richard and Victoria first arrive to see his classroom. See more »

Connections

References Star Castle (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

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Written by R. Smith, D. Jones, L. Dorsey, J. Dorcy, Devin The Dude (as D. Copeland),
Scarface (as B. Jordan)
Produced by Scarface (as Brad Jordan)
Co-produced by Mike Dean
Performed by Scarface featuring Facemob
Courtesy of Interace Rap-A-Lot/Noo Tribe Records, Inc./Virgin Records
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You're Gonna Lovitz
4 January 2006 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Jon Lovitz is possibly the most under-rated Saturday Night Live alumnus. While Mike Myers, Adam Sandler and others have gone on to bigger things, Lovitz has primarily been background fodder for the other ex-cast members. And he's good at this, but he's also good on his own - as this movie proves. High School High was the best school movie parody of its time (before "Not Another Teen Movie"), taking "Dangerous Minds" and making a plot we should actually care about and enjoy. And we also have Tia Carrera (not to be confused with Asia Carrera).

Lovitz plays a history teacher who wants to turn a school full of unwanted students into a fleet of tomorrow's best and brightest. With help from his street smarts and an intense chicken race scene, he might just accomplish his goals. But, oh no, what happens when a rival gang steals the tests or the class valedictorian turns to dealing drugs? You're just going to have to watch and see. Recommended (unless you don't like Lovitz, but then you have no sense of humor anyway).


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