A socially inept fourteen-year-old experiences heartbreak for the first time when his two best friends - Cappie, an older-brother figure, and Maggie, the new girl with whom he is in love - fall for each other.
Freddy the gym teacher has to teach remedial English in summer (high) school, if he wants tenure. As he can only teach gym and his students want fun, emphasis is on "field trips" - until he's fired unless all his students pass the test.
The nerd Jerry Mitchell is responsible for the student store at the Weaver High-School. When the troublemaker delinquent Buddy Revell is transferred from a continuation high-school, one teacher assigns Jerry to write an article about the notorious Buddy Revell to the school newspaper. Jerry stumbles upon Buddy in the bathroom and touches the shoulder of the bad boy that schedules a fight with Jerry at three o'clock at the parking lot. Along the day, Jerry tries to find a means to avoid the fight.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
No need to qualify as a "teen movie" -- It's extremely well-done
Some movies rely on youthful energy to get laughs and draw an audience. What many contemporary movie-makers seem to forget that high-school was an endearing time for almost everyone, and there are unique feelings that can be captured by a well-done, tasteful, artful film like Three o'clock High.
One of the thing that sets this movie apart is its pacing. It is very deliberate and methodical, and it expertly builds the tension as the clock nears in on three o'clock. Richard Tyson's performance is terrific; I don't recall any "bully" performances being anything like his. He is very menacing but introspective and intense. In a scene just before he fights another student, he is in the library reading a book. There are many subtle but illuminating bits like this throughout the movie.
In my nostalgic reviewing of 80s high school films, this is one of the few that seem even better now than they did then.
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