High School High

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"A Dangerous Mind is a terrible thing to waste."
  • PG-13
  • 1996
  • 1 hr 26 min
  • 5.5  (14,144)
  • 33

High School High is a 1996 comedy film directed by Hart Bochner and starring Jon Lovitz, Tia Carrere, and Louise Fletcher. The movie follows Richard Clark, a naive and idealistic teacher who lands his first teaching job at Marion Barry High School, an inner-city school in a rough neighborhood. Richard dreams of inspiring his underprivileged students and helping them achieve their full potential. However, he quickly realizes that the reality of Marion Barry High School is far from his expectations. The students are rowdy and disinterested in learning, and the school is plagued by drugs, violence, and corruption.

Nevertheless, Richard is determined to make a difference, and he sets out to turn his class into model students. He devises unconventional teaching methods, such as using rap music to teach literature and taking the students on a field trip to a prison to discourage them from a life of crime.

As Richard tries to connect with his students, he also finds himself drawn to Victoria Chapell, the beautiful and intelligent English teacher. However, Victoria is skeptical of Richard's methods, and the two clash over their contrasting teaching styles.

Meanwhile, the school's principal, Evelyn Doyle, is more concerned with her image than the students' education. She sees Richard as a threat and tries to sabotage his efforts to improve the school.

High School High is a satirical take on the traditional Hollywood teacher narrative. Richard, played with over-the-top earnestness by Lovitz, is a bumbling and naive character who struggles to gain control over his classroom. The movie's humor is often derived from the clash between his idealistic vision of teaching and the harsh reality of inner-city schools.

The film also features a diverse cast of characters, ranging from the tough-talking gang members to the nerdy honor students. Tia Carrere's portrayal of Victoria Chapell adds a strong feminine perspective to the movie, as she challenges Richard's traditional teaching methods and highlights the need for a more progressive approach to education.

Louise Fletcher's portrayal of Principal Doyle adds a darker edge to the story, as her character embodies the corruption and bureaucracy that perpetuate inequality in the education system. Her constant meddling and lack of concern for the students' wellbeing serve as a powerful critique of the systemic issues that plague inner-city schools.

At its core, High School High is a whimsical and lighthearted comedy that pokes fun at the cliches of the teacher genre. However, it also raises important questions about the state of education in impoverished urban areas and the need for more innovative and inclusive teaching methods.

High School High is a 1996 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 26 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.5 and a MetaScore of 33.

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  • Release Date
    1996
  • MPAA Rating
    PG-13
  • Runtime
    1 hr 26 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    5.5  (14,144)
  • Metascore
    33