Re: "had a movie theater of middle school kids laughing hysterically"
It was the second time I saw it, back in 1990 when it was new. I was in the sixth grade. If we had good enough grades, they would take us to the local movie theater for the matinee. It got a great reaction from kids back then. It's the only Ernest movie I still like as an adult.
I thought "Goes to Camp" was funny when I was in the third grade, but rented it in the eighth grade and realized how dumb it is.
I NEVER liked "Saves Christmas" or "Scarred Stupid."
I never saw "Slam Dunk."