I just wanted to comment on the previous/first commenter's comments.
You mentioned that you didn't think there was any point to having the
teacher who doesn't teach & sleeps all day in class. You couldn't
possibly be more mistaken! Of course there was a point -- his LACK of
teaching/presence makes one think about who is teaching our kids. I am
a teacher, in fact, and I can tell you that there are many teachers out
there who are ONE step away from retirement & choose to "not" teach
every day in their classrooms. What's interesting is seeing what the
students do in the absence of a really good, effective teacher.
This move was "over the top" and felt pretty cheesy at times, but overall, it has a good, interesting, and important message about what real teaching is about. The needs of our youth have changed in the past 20, 30, 40+ years. This movie is TWENTY-THREE years old and yet it was onto something -- kids need teachers who are REAL people. They need teachers who maintain high standards of both work habits AND personal behavior BUT who also model what being a REAL human being/adult looks like.
Nolte's character definitely got himself into hot water -- and nowadays, it could have been much hotter actually -- and overstepped many, many boundaries in his attempt to help his struggling students. But, overall, what he did to inspire and connect with them definitely outweighed the mistakes.
Anyway, give it a shot and watch this. I grew up in the '80s but for some reason, never caught this one. If you want to revisit the era of cheese -- typical 80s soundtrack, 80s style, actors (Ralph Macchio, Crispin Glover, Laura Dern) and actually get a little insight into what it means to be a public high school teacher, check it out.
Comedy / Drama
Comedy / Drama
A teacher overcomes his frustration in a high-school full of flunkies. As he attempts to educate his students, his attempts to help them gets him into trouble with the school board, which only adds to his problems. With the support of his students he beats the school board and his frustration.
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