Cooley High
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Michael Schultz directed this deeply felt recollection of adolescent life on Chicago's near North Side in 1964. Like American Graffiti, Cooley High deals with girl, school, and police troubles as a group of high-school seniors prepare for post-high-school life. The chums are Glynn Turman as "Preach," who loves to read poetry and history and wants to become a Hollywood screenwriter, but who has the worst grades in the school; and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs as Cochise, the high-school basketball star and suave lady-killer. Preach has to contend with love problems in the form of Brenda… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Something of a disappointment."
‑ , Time Out
"Sometimes engaging comical and poignant black experience high school teen flick."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Uneven but generally funny."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The film's resistance of pathos starts to feel not just counterintuitive, but also a little ghoulish"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"...emphasizes the thin line that exists between a life of promise and a life of prison (or worse, death) for kids growing up in a neighborhood like this."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"A crafty and cunning black teen comedy that exudes a slick urban ethnically irreverent big screen answer to television's Happy Days"
‑ Frank Ochieng,
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