Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

High School Confidential 

Wednesday, Sep 15 2010
When James Dean and Elvis exploded on the scene more than half a century ago, Hollywood realized en masse that teenagers were a gold mine — and ensuing generations of studio functionaries haven’t stopped mining their pockets yet. The 1960s scaled the peaks and plumbed the depths of teensploitation, as evidenced by tonight’s "Return to Vortex High" double bill of rare, campy melodramas. The Explosive Generation (1961) stars a young William Shatner as a forward-thinking high school teacher who makes the earth-shattering and career-threatening mistake of allowing a discussion of sex education in class. (How amusingly anachronistic — until you remember that a swath of the population in 2010 believes that abstinence, and nothing else, should be taught in school.) Patty McCormack stands out as a student who helps turn the brouhaha into a referendum on free speech. She also turns up in the reefer-happy second feature, Maryjane (1968). Clean-cut pop star Fabian plays the liberal authority figure. He’s a football coach and art teacher (!) who can relate to the kids who’ve fallen under the sway of the seductive herb. Be advised: A toke or two may raise the laugh quotient, but you risk missing the moral of drive-in maestro Maury Dexter’s cautionary fable.
Thu., Sept. 16, 9 p.m., 2010

About The Author

Michael Fox


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"