'''''Three O'Clock High''''' is a high school comedy from TheEighties. A riff on classic westerns like ''HighNoon'', the film centers on the geeky Jerry, who inadvertantly angers the new bully at school, Buddy Revell, and gets challenged to a fight at the end of class. Jerry has until 3 pm to get out of the fight, or face certain destruction.

!!This film provides examples of:

* TheBully: Buddy Revell is a passive example of this - he doesn't bother anybody, unless they press his BerserkButton
* BerserkButton Buddy's whole body is a literal example of this.
* BookEnds: At the beginning of the movie we are informed about Buddy by a montage of random students gossiping about the [[NewTransferStudent New Kid]] with highly improbable anecdotes. At the end, we have a nearly identical montage of the same students gossiping about Jerry with anecdotes we know are exaggerated.
* BullyHunter: Subverted. Local jock Craig Mattey is famous for beating up on a bully, but only because the bully's victim paid him. Jerry buys his services, but doesn't get his money's worth.
* CantGetInTroubleForNuthin: One of Jerry's attempts to avert the fight, on the recommendation of his sister is to get himself suspended for the day. He tries to do this in his English Lit class by volunteering to recite a book report for the whole class, and then generally being boorish, lighting a cigarette, making a pass at the teacher and even dropping ashes into her coffee. This backfires when she becomes [[HotForStudent romantically aroused]] by this assertive behavior. [[spoiler: at the end of the film she gives him her phone number]]
* DawsonCasting: The actors playing Buddy and Jerry were both 25 at the time of filming. They look it.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Buddy returns Jerry's money in the end and even gives him the faintest of smiles, suggesting that Jerry has at least earned his respect for standing up for himself.
* FireForgedFriends: Initially subverted, but eventually played somewhat straight. Nemeses Jerry and Buddy get caught cheating on a math test. After the ordeal, Jerry tries to invoke the trope, saying that they've been through a lot together and should be friends. Buddy insists that nothing will prevent Jerry's inevitable pummeling. However, after the fight, Buddy shows up to return Jerry's money and gives him the very faintest of smiles, indicating that Jerry has at least earned his respect.
* GeniusBruiser: Hinted at with Buddy. When Craig goes looking for him, he finds Buddy quietly reading in the library. Later, Buddy tries to cheat on Jerry's math test, but then reveals that he could have easily solved the problems himself. Buddy seems to prefer being a feared bully over being recognized as intelligent.
* HatesBeingTouched: Buddy. He wants to fight Jerry because he had the audacity to put a hand on his shoulder. When Craig threatens Buddy, it's the fact that Craig pokes him in the chest that causes Buddy to flip out.
* HiddenDepths: Hinted at with Buddy due to the way he seems to hide his intelligence.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Buddy gets knocked out by his own brass knuckles.
* {{HotTeacher}}/{{HotForStudent}} His English Lit teacher
* IronicNickname: Buddy is a real jerk.
* NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight: In spite of being twice Jerry's size, as well as a BadAss, Buddy sees it necessary to bring a pair of brass knuckles to the showdown. During the brawl, Jerry gets possession of them and uses them to knock Buddy out.
* ShowdownAtHighNoon: Jerry and Buddy have a duel scheduled for 3:00. The name of the film is a riff on "high noon" and "high school."
* TheSoCalledCoward: Jerry is a wimp, and spends most of the film trying to avoid fighting. Ultimately he has the opportunity to dodge the fight, but changes his mind and stands up for himself. He actually wins the fight and gains a newfound reputation as a BadAss.
* TheWorfEffect: Craig and the school security guard seem to exist in part to show how tough Buddy really is.
* {{Yandere}}: His friend Franny in a minor subplot... her intense desire to [[UnusualEuphemism "bond"]] gets positively creepy at one point