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Three O'Clock High

Three O'Clock High
Three O'Clock High
Three O'Clock High
  • PG-13
  • 1h 29m
  • 1987
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Jerry Mitchell is having one of those days. He’s late for high school, his car has a flat tire and he’s been sent to the dean’s office. But worst of all, he’s incurred the wrath of the feared new student, Buddy Revell, the biggest, meanest, downright nastiest guy in class who forces him into a fight at 3 p.m. in the school parking lot. Poor Jerry has just seven hours, a good supply of wit, a few friends, a savvy kid sister and the worst luck of any kid alive, to find a way out of his tough problem. As the clock ticks away and the suspense mounts, Jerry realizes there’s no way he can avoid facing the muscle-bound bully in a fight that will probably be his last. It’s brain against brawn in one of today’s best contemporary teenage comedies.
© 1987 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

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Common Sense Says
Dated '80s teen comedy has bullying, cursing, violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Three O'Clock High is a 1987 high school satire in which a nerdy teen boy inadvertently arouses the ire of a notorious bully and must fight him after school. The word "f-g" is used as a punchline on two occasions. There's regular profanity, including a use of "f--k." An inappropriate relationship develops between an English teacher and a student, who make out twice in front of other students; the teacher also asks the student to come over to her place. Lead character lights and smokes a cigarette during a book report. Fights culminate in broken fingers and blood; cartoonish authority figures punched and knocked out. The movie shows how attitudes toward bullying have changed; it seems to suggest that the only solution to this issue is to get into a violent physical altercation. It's interesting to speculate how this movie would handle bullying if it were made today.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:October 9, 1987
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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