Summer School

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  • Summary: High School coach Freddy Shoop (Harmon) has plans: summer in Hawaii. But the vice-principal has plans for Freddy, too. Teaching remedial English. Aloha, paradise. Hello, Summer School. Shoop and his class of likable misfits survive goof-ups and good times on the road to academic success...High School coach Freddy Shoop (Harmon) has plans: summer in Hawaii. But the vice-principal has plans for Freddy, too. Teaching remedial English. Aloha, paradise. Hello, Summer School. Shoop and his class of likable misfits survive goof-ups and good times on the road to academic success... and the self-respect that goes with it. (Paramount) Collapse

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 7 out of 9
  1. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    90
    It's no thigh-slapper like the Rodney Dangerfield's "Back to School," but it's exceptionally good-natured and perceptive, and Harmon, in his first starring screen role, is a real charmer. [22 July 1987]
  2. 70
    Proud to be junk food, but it still tackles the serious subjects of illiteracy, teen-age pregnancy and young adult alcoholism. [22 July 1987]
  3. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Jack Curry
    38
    Summer School is like summer school: you go, then quickly realize you would much rather be doing something else. [22 July 1987]
  4. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    25
    Harmon proves that he can act stupid, and that's not enough to make the movie funny… You're supposed to like Freddy (Harmon), and you're supposed to like his brainless students… But you hate everybody. [24 July 1987]
  5. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    25
    It has a lack of ambition and energy that is almost total: It's the most this movie can do to roll over and ask for a little more lotion on its back. [22 July 1987]
  6. Here are some of Summer School's favorite things: idiocy, illiteracy, irresponsibility, drunkenness, dumbness and debauchery. Piqued? [24 July 1987]
  7. 12
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5

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