Movie Review: 'High School High' (1996) 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… PG-13 PT86M Comedy Tia Carrere Louise Fletcher Jon Lovitz Mekhi Phifer
Movie Review

Movie Review: 'High School High' (1996)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Rated: PG-13; Length: 86 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Tia Carrere, Louise Fletcher and Jon Lovitz

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-

Originally posted Nov 08, 1996 Published in issue #352 Nov 08, 1996 Order article reprints