Mo’ Money (1992)/High School High (1996): Nineties Comedy Double Feature [Blu-Ray]

It’s more budgetary double feature Blu-Rays for movie collectors that want to own two somewhat—uh—okay comedies, but don’t want to spend money on them. If you’re a fan of either film, they’re basically only available on this double bill Blu-Ray for now, sans the features. So sadly there’s no audio commentary with Jon Lovitz and Tia Carrere going over the finer nuances of “High School High.” In either case, if you’re also a nineties completist, it’s definitely a double bill worth owning.

Back in the nineties Damon Wayans was a very popular comedian who’d managed to gain a lot of momentum on the controversial sketch show “In Living Color.” Wayans took the whole goofy “Mo Money” sketch and transformed it in to a crime comedy that works mainly because of the fairly breezy pacing and Wayans’ ability to encapsulate the nineties with his entire wardrobe. Wayans stars with youngest brother Marlon as a con man who wants to live a straight life working for his money.

When he meets the beautiful Amber, he takes a mailroom job at a credit card company, and as he leans back in to crime again, his corrupt boss brings him in to the fold to help him commit fraud with a credit card ring. Damon and Marlon are good enough in this comedy that is a bit heavy in the stark violence on occasion, but works as a vehicle for Damon who, I assume, was anxious to break in to film.

If there was any sub-genre ripe for parody in the nineties, it was the sub-genre where a teacher inspires a group of ragtag hood kids to do well in school turning them in to A+ students. “High School High” takes advantage of this with Jon Lovitz as Richard Clark, a teacher for an upscale prep school who takes a job at Marion Barry High School. Said school is your typical run down, poorly staffed, crime ridden high school, but Richard is intent on saving some students, and falling for a fellow faculty member (Tia Carrere). “High School High” is an okay (not even David Zucker can elevate it above just okay) spoof of an already silly sub-genre.

While it doesn’t always think outside the box touching on the more moronic aspects of the sub-genre, it might just inspire a few chuckles here and there. The best thing “High School High” is remembered for is the shockingly great soundtrack that came with it. Again, the Disc comes with no extras.