Cooley High is pitched as a black American Graffiti, and the description is apt. Furthermore, you don’t have to be black to enjoy it immensely. The Steve Krantz production is a heartening comedy-drama about urban Chicago high school youths, written by Eric Monte.
The story focusses mainly on two frisky students, Glynn Turman and Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs. Girl trouble (principally charming Cynthia Davis), school trouble (with empathetic teacher Garrett Morris), and law trouble (via involvement with toughs Sherman Smith and Norman Gibson) lead the pair through experiences which range from broadly comic to deathly serious. The plot is simply about a lot of believable people and of course that’s the way it should be.