Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Honorary Graduate - Freddy Shoop

Character Profile - Freddy Shoop

  • APPEARED IN: Summer School (1987)
  • ACTOR: Mark Harmon
  • QUOTE: "I'm not a real teacher!"
  • OCCUPATION: Gym teacher / Remedial English summer school teacher.
  • INTERESTS: Not teaching, blondes, his dog, summer vacation, letting students grade themselves, gaudy sunglasses, rock n' roll, junk food.
  • DISTINGUISHABLE TRAITS: Terrific sense of humor, cool, wholesomely irresponsible, may be a "quitter", good heart.

    The greatest teacher of all-time, Freddy Shoop is the kind of laid back instructor that every cool kid wants to have for his whole high school tenure, let alone a single semester. Our own Brett G. can also attest he's the kind of teacher all teachers wish they could be, even if they're afraid to admit it. He's a personable guy, not too uptight and doesn't mind a few hell-raisers in class, in fact, he often encourages it. After another teacher wins the lottery, Shoop is forced to teach a bunch of goof-offs English over the summer he had planned to go to Hawaii with his hot little blonde. Over the course of the film, Shoop matures as a professional while staying true to himself, relating to and guiding the oddest of students. B.A.L.L.S. Academy salutes Freddy Shoop for being one of the most admirable and wittiest characters in teen comedy history.

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  • Thursday, May 19, 2011

    Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

    “Nobody talks to children."
    "No, they just tell them." 

    The Story:

    Jim Stark (James Dean) is the new kid in town, and he takes little time in endearing himself to the local police force when he’s arrested for public drunkenness. Such outbursts are nothing new for Jim, who has been branded a wild child by his flustered parents (Jim Backus and Ann Doran). Hoping to turn the page on his troubled past, Jim enrolls in the local high school, where he befriends outcast and fellow troubled-teen Plato (Sal Mineo). A girl named Judy (Natalie Wood) also catches his eye, which only draws the ire of her boyfriend, Buzz Gunderson (Corey Allen), a school bully who is quick to establish his territory.