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The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story (2014)

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After being cast in the hit teen sitcom Saved by the Bell (1989), six unknown young actors must deal with the Hollywood spotlight and the challenges of growing up under public scrutiny.

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Jason Lapeyre

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Ron McGee (teleplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Kindseth ... Dustin Diamond
Dylan Everett ... Mark-Paul Gosselaar
Alyssa Lynch ... Tiffani-Amber Thiessen
Tiera Skovbye ... Elizabeth Berkley
Taylor Russell ... Lark Voorhies (as Taylor Russell McKenzie)
Julian Works ... Mario Lopez
Andrew Moxham ... Peter Engel
Kendall Cross ... Sharon Harris
Ken Tremblett ... Dennis Haskins
Manny Jacinto ... Eric
Sean Campbell ... Dustin's Father
Adam Greydon Reid ... Brandon Tartikoff
Andrew Herr Andrew Herr ... Brian Austin Green
Alannah Berry Alannah Berry ... Violet
Kevin O'Grady ... Assistant Director
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"The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story" delves into the experiences of six unknown young actors placed into the Hollywood spotlight, exposing the challenges of growing up under public scrutiny while trying to maintain the squeaky clean image of their popular characters both on and off-screen. Written by Lifetime

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TV-PG

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Adam Greydon Reid, who played Brandon Tartikoff in the movie, was a performer on another hit kids show, Nickelodeon's You Can't Do That On Television." See more »

Goofs

Dustin Diamond says after Saved by the Bell: The College Years was canceled, he claims it was the last series of the franchise. But he didn't mention anything about Saved by the Bell: The New Class which is another incarnation that he and Dennis Haskins continued their roles as Screech and Mr. Belding for six more years. See more »

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar: Look. The point of this is for the show to work, we have to help each other. If we're having fun, the audience will feel that. It's true.
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References Saved by the Bell: The Glee Club (1990) See more »

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Word Up!
Written by Larry Blackmon and Tomi Jenkins
Performed by Cameo
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Not ringing praise
12 May 2020 | by ninjaalexsSee all my reviews

There's been a lot of criticism for this TV movie on review sites. It is corny, it is sugary and it does miss some of the seedier parts of Dustin Diamond's book.

I read Dustin Diamond's book "Behind The Bell" on which this TV Movie is based several years before this film was even made. It was incredibly difficult to obtain a physical copy so I bought the eBook instead. The book was controversial at the time and arguably libellous in places. The story goes Dustin Diamond wanted to publish a "tell all" book about the Saved By The Bell cast. The book was said to be co-written with the aid of a ghostwriter and also parts were made-up or exaggerated by him.

With this being PG rated it totally glosses over the seedier aspects of the book like: sex amongst cast members, like some of the drug taking, like the dressing room orgies and Dustin's infamous trips to Disney World. If you believe the book. The film is basically a nostalgia piece and fairly flattering to the cast. I can't imagine them being that offended by this film unlike the book. The film takes place in 1989 after "Good Morning, Miss Bliss" gets cancelled and part of the cast are reunited for the Saved by the Bell pilot. The film missed out Lark Voorhees was in this series implying Saved by the Bell was her big break. Dustin Diamond was the youngest cast member, but it also ignored that he was a child actor with substantial acting experience compared to most of the cast.

Other omissions include Dennis Haskins (Mr Belding) not really featuring despite being a major cast member, I think Dustin said Corey Feldman used to visit the set which was missing, the two TV specials: Hawaiian Style and Wedding in Las Vegas were not mentioned and neither was long-running, The New Class which ran for 7 years. I would have liked to have heard more about Peter Engel who was considered a sort-of surrogate father to some of the cast and also that apart from "Hang Time" he never managed to have another big hit in TV (so far).

So it is corny fun much like Saved By The Bell itself and there are several glaring omissions, probably due to libel or inaccuracy. This means it sort of feels shallow. I was a big fan of SBTB and like a lot of people of my age it was a part of my childhood. I do not think this is a great film. The cast do their best with a limited script and all look the part. At 85 minutes it is also really skinny in terms of content, given it is telling 3+ years in that time. The soundtrack is also pretty decent. See it for the nostalgia rather than the drama.


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1 September 2014 (USA) See more »

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