Three O’Clock High (1987)

Three O’clock High Quote: “You and me, we’re gonna have a fight. Today. After school. Three o’clock. In the parking lot. You try and run, I’m gonna track you down. You go to a teacher, it’s only gonna get worse. You sneak home, I’m gonna be under your bed.” – Buddy Revell

Just when we thought we’d covered every ’80s high school movie, listener Jen treated her husband and us to “Three O’Clock High,” a sleeper comedy with a lovable hero, a horny teacher, and a climactic fight.

“Three O’Clock High” got it right where lots of its peers got it wrong: Friends and siblings treat each other with genuine care. Each scene delivers on its punchlines. And Tangerine Dream’s soundtrack actually makes the movie better.

In this episode, Big D mansplains what “short” means and wonders if Buddy Revell is the king of ’80s movie bullies. Ash spreads crack-baby rumors and asks about planned fights. And Gene attacks a Karen. The Shat Crew also discusses whether it’s become the “Family Guy” of podcasts and argues that Casey Siemaszko would have made a terrific Marty McFly.

Plot Summary: “Three O’clock High” Preppy high school reporter Jerry Mitchell (Casey Siemaszko) is asked to write a story on a tough new kid named Buddy Revell (Richard Tyson), a boy rumored to have a violent past. Jerry tries to call off the story, but in the process, he infuriates Buddy, who challenges him to a parking lot brawl immediately after school that same day. As Jerry desperately attempts to escape the impending fight, he instead ends up finding the courage to stand up to Buddy.

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