Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. Canada/USA, 1983. Simon / Reeves / Landsburg Productions, Astral Bellevue Pathé. Screenplay by Bob Clark, Roger Swaybill, Alan Ormsby, based on characters created by Bob Clark. Cinematography by Reginald H. Morris. Produced by Don Carmody, Carl Zittrer. Music by Carl Zittrer. Production Design by Fred Price. Costume Design by Mary E. McLeod. Film Editing by Stan Cole.
Surprisingly, this cash-in sequel is a lot better than the original, though it’s still a collection of mind-boggling stupidity. After their revenge on Porky’s bar in the original, the kids come to school the next day with their next adventure in mind: Shakespeare! The school is putting on an evening of the Bard’s best scenes, and a local fundamental religious group has decided to put a stop to it, deeming the material immoral. Simultaneously, the KKK objects to a Native student’s being a lead in the production, and the kids learn their lesson when they trust a crooked politician to help them out of their situation. Their revenge on all three of these parties is crass, vulgar and childish, but ever so much more fun than it was the first time around. The attempt to make the kids more sympathetic by having them take on such formidable villains, and therefore justify the movie franchise’s existence, falls completely flat, but the effort is somewhat admirable if you’re feeling generous enough.