Teachers

  • 1984
  • Movie
  • R
  • Comedy, Drama

If there's a shred of truth in this dramatic comedy set in a modern high school, then education has reached a new low point. Alex (Nick Nolte) is a 15-year veteran of the educational wars, teaching at John Fitzgerald Kennedy High School. The wimpy principal of the school is Horn (William Schallert), and Roger (Judd Hirsch) is the school's vice principal,...read more

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If there's a shred of truth in this dramatic comedy set in a modern high school, then education has reached a new low point. Alex (Nick Nolte) is a 15-year veteran of the educational wars, teaching at John Fitzgerald Kennedy High School. The wimpy principal of the school is Horn (William

Schallert), and Roger (Judd Hirsch) is the school's vice principal, a man dedicated to protecting the school's reputation, a martinet and a very tough cookie. When a recent graduate files suit against the school because they allowed him to leave as an illiterate, the plot heats up. Plots,

subplots, counterplots are mixed with many comic moments and some serious, even preachy sequences. Director Arthur Hiller had done this kind of thing before in HOSPITAL, where he kept several pots boiling, but the juxtapositioning of reality against some unbelievable fantasy did not help matters.

Like many movies, TEACHERS tries to be all things to all people and consequently falls between the cracks, never sure if it's a drama with comedy or a comedy with drama. A knockout score done by several heavy rockers is an added plus. An admirable attempt at a fresh version of an old genre,

TEACHERS falls short, but not by much.

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  • Released: 1984
  • Rating: R
  • Review: If there's a shred of truth in this dramatic comedy set in a modern high school, then education has reached a new low point. Alex (Nick Nolte) is a 15-year veteran of the educational wars, teaching at John Fitzgerald Kennedy High School. The wimpy principa… (more)

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