MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: VOLUME XXXVIII REVIEWED
“Mystery Science Theater 3000” brings out its 38th volume. While I’m not a huge fan of MST3K, I appreciate any attention given to B movie gold like High School Big Shot. Invasion USA is decent enough, but the other films exist just for the robots to joke on them. “High School Big Shot” is different because it’s one of the most insane films to come out of the 1950s. The film opens on a kid and his broke ass dad fighting over six dollars. Eventually, the duo splits it and they got on cheap three dollar dates.
From there, we follow this teenager as we learn about everything terrible that has happened in the last year. He lost his college scholarship due to writing a term paper for a pretty girl. The girl then hoses him and leaves him to rot. His home life is on the fritz and their home is about to be taken away. From there, this sad sack kid has nothing to do but turn to the Mafia. The last chunk of the film plays like a Peanuts episode if Charlie Brown became a mafioso to gain some respect.
Having those robots crack jokes over a movie like that felt like farting at a crime scene. There’s nothing wrong with it, but can’t you take it outside? Hopefully, we get more goodness like this with the Netflix incarnation.
- 1.33:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby 2.0