As some one who has spent his life teaching, I find summer school to be one of the better films about the profession. Who has never been forced to teach a class they never wanted to teach? Who has never taught students who are not interested and undereducated, and hostile? Who hasn't been in over their heads in a classroom? Well, maybe not all who teach have had these experiences, but I have. This a movie that doesn't take itself too seriously, and the insouciance of Mark Harmon's Mr. Shoop is a portrait of a teacher who doesn't care, a rara avis in the world of film teachers. Usually the reverse is true; the kids don't care and teacher converts them. But here we have a growing mutuality that gives this seeming nothing of a film a real depth of understanding of the synergistic relationship between students and teachers. Shoop is set up to fail with this class, and nearly does, but by extending himself to his students through bribery (a common and effective tactic) he manages to overcome their indifference, and his own lassitude.