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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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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:

A Dangerous Mind is a terrible thing to waste 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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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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Dolby | SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is dedicated to Elisabeth Leustig and Lexie Bigham. See more »

Goofs

The Corvette in the chicken run changes from a Corvette when seen in close-up, to another convertible during the race itself. See more »

Quotes

[Alcohol is poured into Richard Clark's coffee cup by a burned-out looking alcoholic teacher]
Richard Clark: Isn't it a little early to start drinking?
Woman: Who stops?
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Crazy Credits

Early in the credits, the newscaster we saw earlier reads three headlines, including one about a bacteria infecting movie popcorn and striking 90 minutes after eating. 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

Spoofs Stand and Deliver (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Down For Mine
Written by K-Def (as K. Hansford), L. Wright & Barry White
Produced by K-Def
Performed by Real Live
Courtesy of Pirate Recordings/Big Beat Records, Inc.
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Down Low
11 March 2004 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

Pretty boring slapstick comedy about a school teacher (Jon Lovitz) who is sent to teach at a school in the "hood." Lovitz does his usual routine in this lackluster Jim Abrahams-scripted comedy. It has its occasional moments but it's just not good enough to qualify for a feature film. Maybe a brief "SNL" skit, but not a movie.

I think Lovitz is pretty funny, and without him there would have been no Phil Hartman on "SNL" (literally! check out his bio on IMDb for more info), but here he does his same old schtick with the same old gags. It's not very funny.

Lovitz would perfect his overwhelmed everyman role in "Rat Race" (2001). But here he seems more overwhelmed with the quality of the film, which isn't too terribly surprising.

2/5 stars.

  • John Ulmer


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