Mr. Holland's Opus

  • 1995
  • 2 HR 22 MIN
  • PG

The reliably insufferable Richard Dreyfuss stars as Glenn Holland, a jazz-loving hipster who dreams of composing the Great American Symphony. When circumstances compel him to take a job as a high-school music teacher, fame and fortune pass him by. But that's OK: He's wealthy in the ways that count. His students love him. His deaf son loves him. Feisty principal...read more

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The reliably insufferable Richard Dreyfuss stars as Glenn Holland, a jazz-loving hipster who dreams of composing the Great American Symphony. When circumstances compel him to take a job as a high-school music teacher, fame and fortune pass him by. But that's OK: He's

wealthy in the ways that count. His students love him. His deaf son loves him. Feisty principal Olympia Dukakis loves him. Even gym teacher Jay Thomas loves him -- in a manly sort of way, of course. In fact, everybody loves him except priggish vice principal W.H. Macy, and he's a jerk. It's all

too mawkishly life-affirming for words, the sort of film that wins Golden Globe Awards for its tear-jerking sincerity. And you thought -- hoped? -- they didn't make movies like this anymore.

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