RETRO SHOCK: “Spell-check on Casey Siemaszko.”  Schools out for Bob and Tim so what better time to revisit one of their favorite teen comedies from the 80s. The only thing here is Bob doesn’t really remember it as a comedy and Tim doesn’t really remember it at all.  Sounds like a pretty informed conversation regarding the 1987 cult film, THREE O’CLOCK HIGH.

00:00:00 - PRE-SHOW PRATTLE - dialing it back

00:00:46 - BITS AND PIECES - Tim was in a comedy duo / “Beat The Clock”

00:04:21 - OCTOBER 9th, 1987 - Bob hasn’t thought of “Three O’Clock High” since the summer he saw it

00:16:04 - ITS A CRAPSHOOT - why is there no popular awareness for this movie?

00:18:52 - MODERN DAY - and also “Good Memory/Bad Memory  / “Cuckoo Clock”

00:24:34 -  HARD KNOCKS AND MICROCOSMS- Bob can relate to having the wind knocked out of him

00:29:52 - THE ANTI-HUGHES - working against teen movie tropes

00:34:16 - THE KID IN THE STALL - an escalation of comedy … or horror

00:41:38 - A ROMP FOR YOUR FUNNY BONE - where are all the quips?

00:49:25 - BUDDY REVEALED - this surreal situation (sort of) gets serious

00:54:16 - TO THUNDERDOME AND BEYOND - and now its brutal (but does that work?)

01:02:45 - IS IT A WONDERFUL LIFE? - was that the right ending and “Good Reality/Bad Reality”

01:08:17 - CLOSINGS - Contacts, plugs and no catchphrase /  “As The Days Go By”

Check out the original trailer for this barely seen release HERE

Follow Yeardley Smith and the rest of her classmates anticipate the arrival of one Buddy Revel HERE.

Check out the neck of Walter Skinner before it enlisted in the FBI HERE.

And listen to the filmmakers discuss how this whole thing got made during a 25th anniversary screening HERE, HERE and HERE.

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“Beat The Clock” performed by Sparks off their 1979 album NO.1 IN HEAVEN.

“Cuckoo Clock” performed by Rachel Sweet as featured on her 1978 album FOOL AROUND.

“Once In A lifetime” by the Talking Heads off their 1980 album ‘Remain In Light” and just about every movie and tv trailer about a maturity stunted single man trying to shun the party lifestyle after suddenly getting married, having a kid or whatever constitutes the shorthand for instant maturity.

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