If you’re looking for a great movie that you might have missed in the 80s, look no further than Three o’Clock High. This teen comedy follows the exploits of nerd and school book store manager, Jerry Mitchell throughout the course of one school day. The school gets a new student, Buddy Revell who comes with a serious reputation for being a juvenile delinquent, bully, and sociopath all in one giant body. Jerry is assigned to do an article for the school newspaper to welcome Buddy, but things don’t go as planned.
Almost immediately, Jerry irritates Buddy, who tells him that he’s going to fight him at 3 pm, right after school. Most of the rest of the movie is about Jerry trying to figure out how to get out of fighting the school bully. It’s one episode after another of everything that could go wrong does. It’s also quite hilarious. Casey Siemaszko does a great job as Jerry, and you honestly start to feel sorry for him as the day continues on. Richard Tyson is quite menacing as Buddy, although his lines are few and far between. But, it’s exactly what the character should be, because it makes him all the more intimidating while he insists there is no way out for Jerry. Three O’Clock High is great at capturing the feelings of what it actually felt like to be in high school. This movie is truly a hidden gem and a cult classic among those that know about it. If it had featured members of the Brat Pack or possibly John Cusack, this film would probably have been huge at the box office. If you get a chance to watch this one, don’t miss it. It’s entertaining from beginning to end and I highly recommend “Three O’Clock High”, especially to fans of the 80s teen comedies.
Runtime: 1h 41min
Release Date: October 9, 1987
Director: Phil Joanou
Starring: Casey Siemaszko, Richard Tyson, Jeffrey Tambor, Stacey Glick