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The Under Achievers (1987)

R | | Comedy | 1 June 1988 (USA)
Comedy about a bunch of misfits in a class together.

Director:

Jackie Kong

Writers:

Jackie Kong (screenplay), Tony Rosato (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Albert ... Danny Warren
Barbara Carrera ... Katherine
Michael Pataki ... Murphy
Vic Tayback ... Coach
Mark Blankfield ... Kline
James Van Patten ... Todd (as Jimmy Van Patten)
Susan Tyrrell ... Mrs. Grant
Garrett Morris ... Dummont
Jesse Aragon Jesse Aragon ... Carlos
Fox Harris Fox Harris ... Margrave
Lee Arenberg ... Joey
Monte Landis Monte Landis ... Carruthers
Judd Omen ... Corbin
Burton Gilliam ... Red
Jewel Shepard ... Sci-Fi Teacher
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AtJefferson Hawthorne college all under achievers are accepted in the evening classes. Mafia molls, illegal immigrants, paroled convicts, and naive citizens from the same neighborhood find themselves attending classes on winery, aquatic ballet and jewel design. Written by Artemis-9

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night School See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Production Co:

PMS Filmworks See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Special Thanks To: [..] No Thanks To: Jughead, Cokehead, Bumblebee, and the Dork (and you know who you are...) See more »

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MR. LOVIN'
Performed by Sundray Tucker
Written by Jimmy Maslon and Sundray Tucker
Arranged by Mike Coles
Produced by Jimmy Maslon
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great movie to watch...with ALCOHOL!
3 May 2015 | by tdrishSee all my reviews

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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