Summer School
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On the eve of his Hawaiian vacation, irresponsible high school teacher Freddy Shoop (Mark Harmon) is forced into teaching a summer-school class. His students are all malcontents and layabouts with the standard repertoire of teenaged hang-ups and hostilities (two of the kids, who can't see enough slasher movies to suit them, are hilarious precursors to Beavis and Butt-Head). Harmon would rather spend his time with history teacher Robin Bishop (Kirstie Alley), but she doesn't think much of his laziness and lack of dedication. Shoop finally begins to take his job seriously when he… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A bit bland compared to Reiner's Steve Martin comedies, but engagingly played."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The moral is a sweet one: If you try, you never fail. The world is graded on a curve."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Another failure in Harmon's attempt to move from TV to the big screen."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Cliches abound in this silly outing. Not the brightest moment for any of those involved."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Not as lame as you'd think. It really is funny."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (
"Mr. Harmon has an easygoing attractiveness, but neither he nor anyone else seems comfortable with the film's antic pace. And for all its busyness, this comedy has no real focus, ricocheting from character to character with wearying abandon."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A comedy so listless, leisurely and unspirited that it was an act of the will for me to care about it, even while I was watching it."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Summer School might lack a hipster razor edge, but its funnybone personality is larger than life. It's a film I adore for its purity of intentions."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Okay teen/romantic comedy with pleasant players."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Good-hearted, light-headed comedy."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"Here are some of Summer School's favorite things: idiocy, illiteracy, irresponsibility, drunkenness, dumbness and debauchery. Piqued?"
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A comic delight... Harmon and Alley are great together"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Reiner keeps everything moving while letting Harmon do the heavy lifting as his young co-stars sprinkle the chuckles around."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic
"if there was any justice in the world we'd be seeing reruns of this on TNT every Sunday instead of endless repeats of Sixteen Candles and its ilk"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Above average comedy. Mark Harmon is perfectly down to earth, and the supporting characters are all memorable."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
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