Michael Sauter
March 28, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

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-

Uplifting inner-city high school movies on the order of Dangerous Minds get an overdue but underinspired send-up in this occasionally funny spoof cowritten by David Zucker (The Naked Gun). Lovitz makes an amusing enough whipping post as a clueless white teacher who gives up his prep-school position to test his mettle at lawless Marion Barry High, where the vending machines dispense malt liquor and the principal (Louise Fletcher) patrols the halls swinging a baseball bat. But despite a steady stream of such typical Zucker sight gags, this parody’s pace is surprisingly slack. Even the TV tube’s reduced, sitcom-friendly confines aren’t enough to hide the holes of High School High.

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