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Loose Screws, also known as Screwballs 2, is a 1985 comedy film. In the story, four high school students — Brad Lovett, Steve Hardman, Hugh G. Rection, and Marvin Eatmore — are sent to Cockswell Academy to be under the supervision of Principal Arsenault. During the course of the movie, the four students try to score with the school's French language teacher Mona Lott, only to fail and be punished for their attempts.


This film provides examples of:

  • Bigger Is Better: Hugh G. Rection tries to accentuate his penis size by stuffing tissue into the crotch area of his pants, but when he walks around on the boardwalk in the sight of other women, they laugh at him when they notice that he is trailing tissue sheets behind him.
  • Clothing Switch: In the early part of the film, Brad wears a shirt that says "Wanna trade?" and the girl in the car next to him wears "Sure".
  • Dean Bitterman: Principal Arsenault, who makes life hard at Cockswell Academy for the protagonists.
  • Destination Defenestration: Steve Hardman falls out of a window when Arsenault's wife makes advances on him after that incident where he hides under the covers when her husband visits her, and even after he falls, she wants to do it with him outside.
  • Disguised in Drag: Brad disguises himself as Bradine Lovett so he could near one of the girls in the girls' dorm. However, Miss Von Blow discovers this when she finds the toilet seat in the girls' dorm lifted up and exposes him. Near the end of the film, all four of the main characters dress in drag to sneak into the school assembly.
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  • Groin Attack: Steve Hardman got whacked in the groin when a golf ball lands near that area while he is still lying down on the ground in the woods and the golfer persists in playing it where the ball lies. A Scream Discretion Shot follows soon after the golfer starts his swing.
  • The Grunting Orgasm: The Our Founder statue does this while it is watching Mona Lott's striptease.
  • Happy Ending Massage: Attempted and failed in a gender-inverted example as Brad Lovett tries to pose as an Asian masseuse in order to give Mona Lott an arousing massage, but instead gives her shoulder pain.
  • Hot Teacher: Mona Lott, whom the four main character students go after in this film.
  • Intercourse with You: The song "Do The Screw", which plays over a beach scene montage in the middle of the movie.
  • Intoxication Ensues: Miss Von Blow takes one of the joints from the girls and starts smoking it, and eventually gets her orders for the girls all mixed up in the process.
  • Love Is in the Air: The aphrodisiac gas emitted from the school's founder statue causes Arsenault and two of his female faculty to get all horny and Mona Lott to do a striptease.
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: Steve Hardman and Arsenault's wife make out in the woods next to a golf course, but when Arsenault's wife hears somebody nearby, she gets up and leaves while Steve still lies on the ground, only for the golf ball to land near his groin and the golfer comes and plays where the ball lies.
  • Meaningful Name: Marvin Eatmore, who has an obsession for food.
  • The Nudifier: One of the students comes up with a chemical that he puts into the girls' swimming pool that dissolves all fabric.
  • Oh, Crap!: All four of the main characters when Arsenault and Mona Lott find them at a strip joint after they have been put on school probation.
  • Our Founder: Arsenault has the honor of presenting a statue of Cockswell Academy's founder at a school assembly. The four main characters rig it to emit an aphrodisiac gas that makes the school faculty all horny.
  • The Peeping Tom: Hugh G. Rection and Marvin Eatmore in their various attempts to get a look at Mona Lott without her clothes on. Hugh tries it with a ladder and video camera outside her bedroom window, and Marvin tries it by crawling through the space in the ceiling above the women's change room at the academy.
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: When Hugh G. Rection videotapes Mona Lott through her bedroom window while standing on a ladder, he loses the ladder and finds himself clinging to the windowsill, catching Mona's attention and demanding him to explain himself. His explanation causes Mona to close the window down on Hugh's hands, causing him to lose the video camera and to fall to the ground where he meets up with Arsenault.
  • Punny Name: Hugh G. Rection, Mona Lott, Huang Lao, Candy Barr.
  • Shower of Love: Steve Hardman attempts this and fails with Mona Lott when he visits her house for a French lesson. As he misinterpreted her speaking in French, saying to the effect of "I'm in the shower, I'll be out in a minute", he takes it as "I'm in the shower, won't you come join me?" and proceeds to strip down and enter into the shower, scaring her and causing her to chase him off, throwing his underwear at him when he gets to the door.
  • Skinny Dipping: Not seen onscreen, but Steve Hardman and a girl from the girls' dorm do this at a night on the beach.
  • Sudden Musical Ending: The four main characters break out into singing "Screw It" before the end credits roll.
  • There Is Only One Bed: A variation on that trope: when Brad disguised as Bradine finds out that all the beds of the girls' dorm have been taken, Miss Von Blow offers to share her bed with Bradine. One of the female students decides to offer up her bed to share with Bradine, but only on the grounds that there is no "funny stuff" going on in the bed. As it turns out, though, Bradine and the female student end up kissing each other in bed, which is when Miss Von Blow realizes that there is a man in the girls' dorm and exposes Bradine.
  • Training Montage: Marvin Eatmore at a health gym, trying to exercise with the girls.
  • Writing Lines: Brad Lovett is forced to write "I will not make sexual advances toward the female teachers of this institution" on the chalkboard one thousand times as punishment for masquerading as an Asian masseuse and attempting to give Mona Lott an arousing massage.
  • You Can Leave Your Hat On: Near the end of the film, Mona Lott does a striptease in the school auditorium while under the influence of an aphrodisiac gas.