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This criminally underrated comedy about a very laid-back gym teacher and his class of remedial-English slackers has more '80s per square inch than any dozen competitors.
On the verge of taking off for a Hawaiian vacation, laid-back gym teacher Freddy Shoop (the indestructible Mark Harmon) is roped into teaching a remedial summer-school English class by his nemesis, the yuppie asshole vice-principal. (Yuppie assholes being a particularly prevalent eighties species; see Pretty in Pink
.) Saddled with a colourfully diverse crew of screw-ups—a surfer girl with ADD, a male stripper, a jock, two horror-film nerds, the requisite hot Italian exchange student and others—Shoop initially lazes through the class before finding his inner pedagogue at the urging of a sultry fellow teacher (Kirstie Alley!) and prepping the kids for their make-it-or-break-it exam. With Harmon, Alley, The Blob
's Shawnee Smith and Melrose Place
's Courtney Thorne-Smith, the criminally underrated Summer School
has more '80s per square inch than any dozen competitors.
Guest Programmer Todd Brown joins us to introduce the film.