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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 »

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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

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

Goofs

During Clark's English lesson, the word "will" mysteriously appears in the sentence. See more »

Quotes

School P.A.: [voice-over] Farouk Abdul, please report to the principal's office. One of your fathers is here.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, a crew modifies the statue of Marion Barry by bending one of his knees and adding a guitar to his hands; we then see that the school name and statue have been changed to Chuck Berry. 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 »


Soundtracks

So Many Ways
Written by Jermaine Dupri, Carl-So Lowe, B. James & R. Calhoun
Produced by Jermaine Dupri for So So Def Productions
Co-produced by Carl-So Lowe for So So Def Productions
Performed by The Braxtons
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corporation
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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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