“ Genre: Comedy / Theatrical Release: 1992 / Suitable for 15 years and over / Director: Randall Miller / Actors: Christopher Reid, Christopher Martin, Meshach Taylor, Mariann Aalda, Loretta Devine ... / VHS Tape released 1994-01-10 at Warner Home Video / Features of the VHS Tape: Closed-captioned, Dolby, PAL, Surround Sound „
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Why is 'Class Act' such a great movie? It shouldn't be, the acting isn't great, the plot is cheesy and the music is cringe-worthy at times. Class Act seems so stereotypically eighties but it was actually made in the early nineties. Somehow despite all of its obvious shortcomings Class Act manages to be outstanding, I honestly love this movie to the point that I consider it to be one of the most entertaining movies I have ever seen. Randall Miller has done a fantastic job as director. It is well worth checking out any of his more current work especially the completely underrated movies 'Bottle Shock' and 'Nobel Son.'
Christopher 'Kid' Reid and Christopher 'Play' Martin are much better known for the House Party series of movies which are also worth checking out but to me the stand out movie that they star in is Class Act. A classic tale of mistaken identity resulting in both characters bettering themselves in the process.
Duncan Pinderhughes (Kid) is a straight A student, he has a perfect 4.0 grade point grade average and a perfect SAT score. Duncan is the quintessential good boy from a good background. The only thing standing in Duncan's way is that Harvard will not admit him if he cannot pass P.E. Blade Brown (Play) is the Bad boy of the story, he comes from a broken home and his life went off the rails from a young age. Blade is released from a juvenile detention centre on the condition that he attends high school and achieves a good grade.
So both boys are attending a new school and thanks to an early collision between the two the pictures on their records get mixed up. Blade soon realises that his life will be much more comfortable if he is perceived as being a genius with the added bonus that Duncan can maintain Blades' grade to a high enough level that he can stay out of Juve.
Blade soon realises that as Duncan is posing as him he needs to school Duncan on how to act 'cool' so as not to destroy the Blade Brown rep. The two form an unlikely friendship, they both get the girl, they defeat the bad guy and both get into college. It is predictable and so clichéd but at the same time brilliant. It is a much better movie than I can make it sound.
One of my favourite points in the movie is when after hammering on the door of the well to do Pinderhughes' Duncan's Mum and Dad go to the door and Duncan introduces Blade. Duncan's Dad says "Blade, is that your real name", Blade replies "Dad, is that yours."
I really do enjoy this movie and it is one of the few movies that I find to be re-watchable. Unfortunately it has not yet (at time of writing.) been given a DVD release, which is a travesty. People are charging too much for it second hand on Amazon on VHS but if you can get hold of a copy then do, I promise that you won't be disappointed.