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High School High
Directed by Hart Bochner
Produced by David Zucker
Robert LoCash
Gil Netter
Written by David Zucker
Robert LoCash
Pat Proft
Starring Jon Lovitz
Tia Carrere
Mekhi Phifer
Malinda Williams
Brian Hooks
Natasha Gregson Wagner
with John Neville
and
Louise Fletcher
Music by Ira Newborn
Cinematography Vernon Layton
Editing by James R. Symons
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release date(s) United States October 25, 1996
Running time 86 minutes
Country USA
Language English
Gross revenue $21,302,121 [1] (domestic total)

High School High is a 1996 comedy film about an inner city high school in the Los Angeles, California area, starring Jon Lovitz, Tia Carrere, Mekhi Phifer, Louise Fletcher, Malinda Williams and Brian Hooks. It is a spoof of movies concerning idealistic teachers being confronted with a class of cynical teenagers, disengaged by conventional schooling and loosely parodies Dangerous Minds, Lean on Me, and the true story of Jaime Escalante as documented in the film Stand and Deliver.

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Plot

The plot focuses on Jon Lovitz's character, Richard Clark, attempting to improve the school he is teaching at, which is extreme to the point that there are reserved parking spaces for SWAT team and National Guard members. He is assisted by his co-worker turned girlfriend, Victoria Chapell (Tia Carrere). Together they turn the school around in the ghetto to become a fine establishment suitable for education. In the end of the film, Doyle, the principal, is exposed as a drug dealer and is arrested, The main six kids throughout the movie graduate and Clark is now principal, either married or engaged to Victoria. (They are shown wearing wedding bands but it is never disclosed about their status).

Production notes

Lexie Bigham died in a road accident shortly after completing this movie. Trey Parker turned down the chance to direct this movie. The school in the movie is named Marion Barry High, a reference to the then Washington, D.C. mayor Marion Barry. In some countries, like Portugal, the translated title is a pun to the also translated title of Dangerous Minds. Adult actress Jeannie Pepper appears in the film as Mrs. McReynolds. She is credited as Joan Rudelstein.

Cast

Soundtrack

A soundtrack containing hip hop music was released on September 10, 1996 by Atlantic Records. It peaked at #20 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

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