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Movie Review: 'High School High'

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High School High

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
86 minutes
performer:
Tia Carrere, Louise Fletcher, Jon Lovitz, Mekhi Phifer
director:
Hart Bochner
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a B-

The Naked Gun writing team and actor-turned-director Hart Bochner do unto the stereotype of inner-city high schools what needs to be done to stereotyped inner-city high schools — parody them silly — in the high-flying, low-comedy production High School High. Jon Lovitz (the master thespian himself) stars as the underachiever son of a private-school headmaster who takes a job at Marion Barry High School (tee-hee) for the love of teaching. Ha! The place is a battleground. The principal — redoubtable Louise Fletcher, born to play slapstick gorgons — stands guard with a baseball bat. The vending machine dispenses bottles of malt liquor already in paper bags. Can Lovitz, assisted by a game Tia Carrere, turn a class full of discarded teens into students and stop a local drug dealer in the process? Duh. At one point, Lovitz amuses himself by trying a home-shopping appliance with wriggling mechanical fingers, called a Scrotum Isolator. Well, you had to be there … B-