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  • Summary: Richard C. Clark (Lovitz) is an idealistic young teacher who leaves a position at a prestigious school headed by his own father to teach at Marion Barry High - a notorious inner city school so tough that it has its own cemetery. (Sony)
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 6 out of 10
  1. 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 this high-flying, low-comedy production.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew Hindes
    50
    Like a student who studies hard but just doesn't have the smarts, this joyless send-up of the "Dangerous Minds," "Stand and Deliver," idealistic-teacher-in-a-ghetto-school genre plods along earnestly with barely passing grades.
  3. Stupid yet cogent, High School High is a rapid-fire gag machine that's dopey enough to get belly laughs and smart enough to earn a C-plus as engaging entertainment.
  4. The laugh lines are mostly crude and the prevalent slapstick is weak and uneventful.
  5. Lovitz is occasionally amusing, especially in his creative attempts to get through to his pupils, although his style of slow-take humor is a grave mismatch for this kind of frenzied comedy.
  6. 25
    Face it. Parody comedies are no longer a laughing matter. [25 October 1996, p.5D]
  7. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    20
    Louise Fletcher is a walking sight gag as the evil principal, but just about every other gag falls flat and lies there, wheezing.

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