19 November 2012 | x-ramubay
Depressing film that was 20 years out of date at the time it was released!
After the good time teen comedy genre favorites The Pom Pom Girls (1976), The Van (1977), Malibu Beach (1978) and Van Nuys Blvd. (1979) - all who owe some inspiration to American Graffiti (1973) -- one would have thought that it would be the end to the teen cautionary films that started in the 30s and 40s and reached their apex at least in quality during the 50s with such directors as Ida Lupino. Low budget with plots involving drugs, sex, booze and crime the message was always the same: BAD GIRLS DIE. Malibu High (1979) is one depressing film from the beginning to end where even the nude scenes are yucky. Girl is typical mopey teen who doesn't study so is immediately shunned by all her friends and dumped by her boyfriend because its totally uncool not to study. One day she wears a mini- skirt to school and creates quite a stir among students and at least one of her teachers. This is 1979! Is this the school that time forgot? Elizabeth Montgomery changed to mini-skirts on Bewitched in 1970 and that was a freakin' family show! Mopey mini-skirt girl ends up having sex on the beach (not the drink) with the teacher to improve her grades...and what we see is some pasty middle age dude on top of teen whore and that's the extent to the good times because she turns to a life of murder and mayhem and there's no redemption for the girl or the audience. At the time the audience for this film must have been in their 40s and up. The film was showing in theaters showing much harder edged exploitation films (women in prison, revenge and rape, spaghetti westerns) and was ten years after Dennis Hopper's Easy Rider (1969) and Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch (1969) to put things in perspective. Today an interesting curio of a 60s morality outdated by the time it was released. The aforementioned films such as The Van and Malibu Beach would become a hit with older teens and those in their 20s, as well as the teen slasher films such as Halloween (1978) and Friday the 13th (1980). Coming out in 1979 Malibu High must have seemed as silly then as it does now since it doesn't really fit any era.