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If you liked the goofy humor of the NAKED GUN movies, you are certain to enjoy HIGH SCHOOL HIGH ($35), which was created by a number of the same individuals. HIGH SCHOOL HIGH is a slaphappy comedy that takes potshots at every topic. Some jokes go over; others are just groaners. John Lovitz stars as the idealistic, if somewhat out of touch history teacher who leaves his father’s snobbish prep school for an inner city public high school. Lovitz is a fish out of water in his new environment, yet he is determined to reach the kids in his charge and have them make something of themselves, despite the fact that Marion Barry High School is the worst institution in the state. The ever luscious Tia Carrere lends Lovitz her support as the school’s secretary and his love interest. Louise Fletcher gives another patented nasty performance as the nasty principal who has lost faith in the student body.

Columbia TriStar Home Video has given HIGH SCHOOL HIGH a very good looking Letterboxed transfer which restores the film to its proper 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The image is very fresh, colorful and nicely detailed.

The digitally encoded Dolby Surround soundtrack has a potent mix which tends to favor the film’s youthful soundtrack music. The Sony DADC pressing had only a smattering of speckles.


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