Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Summer School Teachers (1974)

Director: Barbara Peeters

Writer: Barbara Peeters

Composer: J.J. Jackson

Starring: Candice Rialson, Pat Anderson, Rhonda Leigh Hopkins, Will Carney, Grainger Hines, Christopher Barrett, Dick Miller, Vince Barnett, Norman Bartold, Michael Greer

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The Student Body Always Scores with Summer School Teachers

Plot: A trio of naive, but eager young Midwestern women go to California to teach summer school classes at Regency High School: Perky and willful Terry starts up and coaches an all-female football team, stuffy chemistry teacher Sally Hanson manages to loosen up after she falls hard for a surly juvenile delinquent student, and pert and liberated photography instructor Denise becomes involved with both a two-faced male chauvinist jerk and a more decent and understanding guy.

My rating: 4.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Loud, obnoxious at times, silly (and stupid) and a mixed bag of what this wants to be.  The script probably started out being a decent piece of social commentary but the producer (Roger Corman) said it needed more bad gags and good boobs.  Ms. Peeters delivered.  The result is a movie that only works as a drive-in time waster.  It's not really funny.  The cartoony music is obnoxious.  Then there's the exploitation-y aspect with the nudity...

There's not much more than this and that's a damn shame.  Outside of that, it's middle of the road fare all the way down the line.  This picture would've been better served (but made less money) if it were divided into two TV after school specials; one dealing with the troubled teen involved in a car theft ring and the other with the girls football team and school authority corruption.  The ideas are there but there's not much done with them, EVEN when it comes to the much less forgiving genre of exploitation.  This should have been funnier and sleazier or treated seriously.  As it stands, it's just dull and not all that entertaining....unless, of course, mediocrity is your bag.  

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