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3/10
weird slapstick movie
Nullness11 February 2005
Warning: Spoilers
This movie is in the slapstick genre of airplanes, police academy, and stewardess school. The premise is pretty unfathomable: a high school is forced somehow to offer free classes to anybody. So somehow prisoners and weirdos end up taking such classes as underwater ballet, jewelry making, and whatever class the star trek nymphomaniac teaches. Somehow the teachers who don't want to work for free are made out to be the badguys. The plot is also convoluted as this guy who gets imprisoned (for reasons unknown) must spy for the police on a gangster, and the gangster in turn makes him spy on his wife in night school. The jokes are pretty lame, with only a few funny ones splattered about. The ending is the real kicker, however. The movie ends with what seems like an honest plea to let adults take night school for a better education, then cuts to the "graduation night" festivities and the drag-queen prom queen being shot by some guy. I have no idea what the hell that means, if it's supposed to be funny or if it's some sort of weird social criticism. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
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4/10
great movie to watch...with ALCOHOL!
tdrish3 May 2015
It's almost required to be a little liquored up to watch this 80's trash movie. Director Jackie Kong takes us on a bizarre trip to...night school? Teaching unusual subjects such as...underwater ballet for the elderly? Pottery? Taught by teachers who will work for free? Huh? The random, dream-like sequences almost plays out as a hideous joke, okay, very funny, where's the REAL movie were suppose to watch? That's not to say that this doesn't have a few laugh out loud moments, it does deliver those. However, I would safely assume over 60 percent of this dung is questionable nonsense...nonsense that fails to answer any questions. For example, the driver of the bus tells its inmates that they have a choice, they can go jail, or they can go to night school. It seems, after watching this, the better choice would have been to go to jail, because night school in this schlock is much, much worse! In Kongs defense, she hasn't had a good history at creating anything great to watch. 1983's The Being brought her directing skills to the map, and then there was 1985's Night Patrol ( I've already reviewed this one, check it out!), and then we have two released in the year 1987, Blood Diner ( Flesh used in take out? I think I'll pass.)....then this one, The Underachievers. Seems Kong flips back and forth, not knowing weather to do horror or comedy. For most, they'll find The Underachievers incredibly silly. As I said, it does have a few laugh out loud scenes ( You'll probably laugh at the same things I did.) And, let's just say, uh, ummm....it's been years since I watched this, and I'm still puzzled by the ending. You'll know what I'm talking about, if you decide to take this one in. It's your standard, low budget, 80's comedy, the jokes are hit and miss, and it sure doesn't pretend to be anything that it's not. If you're into serious comedies, pass this by, by all means. The plot is straight forward: A bunch of unpaid teachers are stuck teaching "dumb and dumber" college dolts without their consent due to a new state program in play. If the program succeeds, they'll do the program every year. The reluctant teachers, not wanting anything to do with the program, not wanting anything to do with teaching these clowns, go for the no brainer idea: MAKE THEM FAIL! It's elements of Police Academy, without the fun of Police Academy. Wow! Nobodys heard of this movie, HA HA HA!
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