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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.

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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:

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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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Lexie Bigham died in a road accident shortly after completing this movie. 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

Thaddeus Clark: Richard, if you do this, you will fail. You... will... fail! And mark my works, you'll come crawling back here with your tail between your legs!
Richard Clark: You're wrong, father. I'm gonna succeed at Barry High School. And, I have no intention of ever crawling back here with anything between my legs!
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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 Grease (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Your Precious Love
Written by Nick Ashford (as Nickolas Ashford) & Valerie Simpson
Produced by Bob Power
Performed by D'Angelo featuring Erykah Badu
Erykah Badu appears Courtesy of Kedar Entertainment/Universal Records
D'Angelo appears Courtesy of EMI Records
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User Reviews

Not Great, But Still Worth Seeing
13 April 2001 | by tgibbs279See all my reviews

Yes, I'll grant you this movie is less than perfect. The storyline doesn't always make sense. Not every joke works, but the movie's batting average is high enough to justify seeing it. And it's funnier to me than every Adam Sandler/David Spade/Chris Farley movie I've ever seen, in part because the three of them are nothing but annoying. Jon Lovitz, on the other, is a likable everyman you can root for. He carries the movie. Lovitz is an underrated comedian who always makes the material seem better than it is. His delivery and timing help make this movie enjoyable. And of course, Tia Carrere is absolutely gorgeous.

I'm not saying "High School High" is a classic. But I was amused by it. Like any Zucker production, the gags come fast and furious. They don't all work, but enough hit the target to make it worth seeing.


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