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Junior High School (1978)

The story begins with Sherry (Paula Abdul) declaring plans to hold a party that night. Upon hearing about this party, Jerry's friend Paul (Kirk Burnett) encourages him to ask his crush Lori... See full summary »

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Steve Jacobson, Briana London (as Helyn Spears) | 2 more credits »
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P. David Ebersole ... Jerry (as David Stewart)
Karen Capelle Karen Capelle ... Lori
Kirk Burnett Kirk Burnett ... Paul
Mikal Robert Taylor Mikal Robert Taylor ... Keith
Toni Mazarin Toni Mazarin ... Vicki
Paula Abdul ... Sherry
Haya Kohn Haya Kohn ... Vicki's Friend
Matt Caplan Matt Caplan ... Bill
Jim Norris Jim Norris ... Bob
Kevin Kucera Kevin Kucera ... Office Runner
Candy Breen Candy Breen ... Julie
Ira Kaplan Ira Kaplan ... Friedman
Cissy Wechter Cissy Wechter ... Girl in Library
Bart Tallakson Bart Tallakson ... Huge Mean Kid
Melinda Lilly Melinda Lilly ... Girl #1
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The story begins with Sherry (Paula Abdul) declaring plans to hold a party that night. Upon hearing about this party, Jerry's friend Paul (Kirk Burnett) encourages him to ask his crush Lori Scott (Karen Capelle) to accompany him to the event. On his way to doing this Jerry encounters several obstacles, including repeated run-ins with Keith (Mikal Robert Taylor), a school bully, and Vicki (Toni Mazarin), an ill-intentioned girl who hopes Jerry will ask her to the party so she can spite a previous boyfriend. (from Wikipedia every of same name)

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USA

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English

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October 1978 (USA) See more »

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All of the actors were, at the time, non-professionals and actual students at Van Nuys Junior High at the time of shooting. See more »

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A Nifty Artifact From The 70s
26 April 2007 | by Brainy-2See all my reviews

This film has recently made it on to YouTube, and I have to say that it's probably more entertaining now than it was at the time of it's release. In 1978, when big-budget star-studded musical extravaganzas like Grease were all the rage, this must have looked like a glorified home movie by comparison. The only person in it who had any showbiz credentials at all (at the time) is the wood-shop teacher, played by well known singer/songwriter Dave Frischberg.

The dialog, the acting, the singing and the dancing are all ridiculously amateurish, but there are two things this movie has in it's favor that make it quite watchable: Many of the songs are actually quite good (surprising for something that was made during the height of the disco craze), and the fact that the entire cast appears to be in on the joke. They all instinctively realized that the best way to suddenly break into silly song and dance routines about shop class, jockstraps and training bras, is to maintain completely deadpan expressions on their faces, leaving it to the audience to provide the laugh track.

Filmed over the summer of 1977 at John Muir Jr. High in Burbank California (not Van Nuys Jr. High as is often mistakenly reported), the kids were all ages 13-15 at the time of filming, and considering that this appears to be the sole movie credit for most of them, one can only marvel at the energy they put into a project that was obviously not their chosen vocation.


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