Hot Times at Montclair High
Teen Movie Revision Checklist
‘Hollywood Studios’ and ‘Vesmark Pictures’ present ‘A Mark Simpson Film’ (he’s the writer-producer, not the director).
Start: pan along bedroom; a collective up-in-the-morning montage.
A sport vs. learning problem for the hero, blonde Sean (Ross Hamilton).
Bespectacled nerd (Johnathan Gorman as Ziggy), a little like Eddie Bracken from 1940s Preston Sturges films.
Fantasies about the science teacher (cf. Martha Coolidge’s Joy of Sex, 1983).
School corridor, with lockers.
Girls who love to party.
A rock star and his “bad” world (= anti-drug message); bad influence on Sean’s girlfriend, Jenny (Kim Valentine).
Slightly lascivious teachers and Principal (= guest: Troy Donahue).
Nice Guy teacher.
Japanese photography teacher?!
Metal-ish theme song.
Safe Sex gag: small, medium and large condoms. (Somebody brings extra-large.)
Friendship forms between the tough (Brent Jasmer as Jason) and Ziggy, and eventually between Sean and Jason, thus forming a trio.
Phrase for fight-baiting: “Bring it on!”
Perving on the girls’ showers.
A nice girl’s shame: sex & drugs.
Sexual paradoxes & transformations: nerd to stud; virgin to whore; cad to romantic.
Violent proletarian father of the tough kid: he eventually mellows.
Transformation of the nerd Ziggy into a cool stud.
Thriller/action/criminal world element: boat raid.
German repairman and Spanish secretary (“Big lich / leak” joke).
Homo perv and an ignited fart.
Communal resolution on Graduation Day.
Big lead-up to final gag: usual disruption of order; throwing of hats into the air.
Postscript 1: IMDb user comment (2007): “It’s a lot like all the other teen films”.
Postscript 2: Director Jose Altonaga
has most recently made the horror film Reawakened (2018) and the music telemovie Take it
from the Top (2017).
© Adrian Martin October 1990