Kim is a hard bitten 70’s schoolgirl, living with her trashy widower mother in a typical California single level ranch house. She smokes, drinks, cusses and wears tops that make her look like Lookee from She-Ra…and she’s not exactly eye candy, either.
Regardless, she finds a way to bolster her flagging grades, and it’s one that was well known (and much utilized) back in those days. The difference is, she learns to double her benefit by charging for her services…
Soon enough, she’s selling it to strangers (the disc menu amusingly gif’s the old bumper sticker “if this van’s a rockin’, don’t come a’knockin’!”) and getting involved with all sorts of criminal element from low rent drug dealing pimps to straight up suit-wearing mobsters, culminating in a tragic finale…
With a weird disco dance sequence at the local Mexican restaurant in broad daylight (where juvie looking fat kids sell drugs to their peers while queens own the makeshift “dance floor”), some truly over the top dialogue and hilariously melodramatic kitsch sequences (“daddy, can we talk for a minute? GAAHHH!!”) not to mention a surprisingly persistent use of the A Current Affair transition theme, Malibu High is a sexed up drive in cheese classic, much akin to the even more likeable The Teacher, of the same era and distribution company…
In terms of extras, you get a 26m interview with producer Lawrence Foldes, who talks all sorts of amusing smack about production and distribution…not to mention a rather difficult first time lead actress(!)
We then get a 12m one with another, rather quirky if eubellient actress from the cast, Tammy Taylor, who leads off with “I started acting when I came out of the womb”…’nuff said.
Then we get another with film baddie Garth Pillsbury (15m) who talks briefly about his work with Russ Meyer and his time on this film, plus the Q&A from a recent screening at the New Beverly Cinema (with Foldes, Taylor and a surprisingly buff for a septegenarian Alex Mann), running another 27m.
Finally, you get two contemporaneous short silent films from Foldes, “struggle for Israel” (which mixes travel footage with holocaust remembrance and suchlike) and “grandpa & Marika”, which is exactly what it sounds like, Foldes following his grandparents around for their typical day. Both are a bit odd, though the former is more experimental cum message film and the latter of the more noirish neorealist school.
This one’s been out a few times already, from the many BCI/Brentwood repackagings to, if memory serves, one of the Olsen Brothers’ respective companies (who did some serious double dipping into BCI waters along the way), but of course, this is the first hi-def oriented Blu-ray release thereof.
If you’ve never seen or owned a copy of this film and enjoy campy drive in fare of its era, there’s plenty of fun to be had with Malibu High – it’s one of the most ridiculous and sleazy plots you’ll find in the nigh-mainstream teen sex…well, dramedy arena.
True drive in fare doesn’t come much more ridiculous than this.