The Principal

  • 1987
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama

Providing James Belushi with his first starring role, this lackluster tale of redemption has violence aplenty and an undercurrent of humor. Rick Latimer (Belushi), a screw-up teacher at a white bread high school, is presented with an ultimatum by the school board: find a new employer or become the principal of the district's most troublesome high school....read more

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Providing James Belushi with his first starring role, this lackluster tale of redemption has violence aplenty and an undercurrent of humor. Rick Latimer (Belushi), a screw-up teacher at a white bread high school, is presented with an ultimatum by the school board: find a new employer or

become the principal of the district's most troublesome high school. He finds himself at the helm of an inner-city school populated by violent gangs, drug dealers, and other delinquents. The only rules seem to be those established by Victor Duncan (Michael Wright) and his vicious gang. Convinced

that he has nowhere else to go, Latimer, assisted by chief of security Jake Phillips (Louis Gossett, Jr.), is determined to reclaim the school from Duncan. Belushi does his best with a part that is frequently hard to buy. His performance is generally winning but uneven. In support, Gossett is rock

solid in a role that seems to call for nothing more. The "students" are generally believable, but it is Wright who leaves the most lasting impression. He is truly menacing. Because Wright is so believable and threatening, the tension and release at the film's core works well.

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  • Released: 1987
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Providing James Belushi with his first starring role, this lackluster tale of redemption has violence aplenty and an undercurrent of humor. Rick Latimer (Belushi), a screw-up teacher at a white bread high school, is presented with an ultimatum by the schoo… (more)

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