from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
film doesn't have much going for it except Samuel l Jackson. I don't
think Jackson is capable of a bad performance, but he doesn't really
have much here to sink his teeth into. He's at his best when he's
playing a funny, cocky, bad ass mofo. Here he's playing a pensive,
soft-spoken, good-ass mother-honorer who quotes Thomas Wolfe. He does
it well, but - well, who cares? They could have hired Robin
Williams to do this crap.
plays a teacher who is threatened and beaten in a New York school. He
decides to pull up his stakes and move to California, where he makes
ends meet with substitute teaching until he can land a gig.
He ends up in an environment where
candy-ass administrators have turned control of their schools over to
bullies, and teachers are just Christians to be thrown to the lions.
Arroyave is seen naked on Jackson's couch. Herr breasts are
seen clearly, but the rest is hidden by her pose.
Clifton Collins Jr are seen naked except for a covering over
their actual johnsons.
||The rest of the movie
is divided into:
- the usual
"dedicated teacher" cliches
- a plot in which
the school's worst students are killed and maimed mysteriously.
Although we don't actually see Jackson do it, we assume that it
must be him, and he doesn't deny it when asked directly.
violence. Some students think Jackson must be the perpetrator, and
eventually the two sides must meet face to face. Speeches ensue.
It's a competent
movie, but with no surprises.
- With their
dollars ... it was a weak underperformer. Made for
$23 million, it grossed only five million
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a C. Watchable, but uninspired
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