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Summer School

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If it’s 1987 and you’re a coastal California high school flunky who needs remedial English lessons during your summer vacation, you couldn’t ask for a better course proctor than physical education teacher and beach bum Freddy Shoop (then 26-year-old Mark Harmon, TV's NCIS).

Directed by Carl Reiner (Oh God!, The Jerk), Summer School must be listed among the quintessential non-John Hughes-penned movies of the 1980s because it features so many of the decade’s on-screen trademarks: brash, carefree teenagers; a nefarious, yuppyish school administrator; ridiculous clothes; and Kirstie Alley (as a fellow teacher).

The acting is fairly ridiculous and a lame attempt at a feel-good theme may test the vomit reflex, but I dare you to find a better time capsule than this film for what youngsters wanted out of life just a few decades ago.