The Substitute (1995)
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An ex-mercenary (Tom Berenger) becomes a take-no-prisoners teacher in a drug-ridden, gang-infested Miami high school in this campy morality tale about restoring lost American virtues to the inner city. Berenger's character, Shale, has no first name, a shadowy past as a patriotic gun-for-hire, and is temporarily unemployed and living with an idealistic teacher, Jane Hetzko (Diane Verona). Jane has angered a school gang leader, Juan Lucas (Marc Anthony), by asking the principal to get him
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There's a sense of shrewd observation throughout The Substitute that makes it come alive and seem quite a few cuts above such usual genre fare.
Aside from a lot of only moderately-satisfying violence, The Substitute comes across as rather lame.
Those who appreciate the irony of a killing machine turned loose on a pack of nasty students will find The Substitute a source of nonstop delight.
The title changes, the actors change, and the superficial details of the story change, but it is always about exactly the same thing: heavily armed men shooting at one another.
There's a certain amount of camp value to this over-the-top thriller, which might as well be called Rambo Goes to High School.
Worth the time for its occasional nuggets of interesting action, and the performance by Berenger.
What begins as watchable quickly degenerates into a no-brain action flick that produces a ton of derisive laughter.
Really fun movie. Twist on the "Dangerous Minds" scenario.
Mediocre action flick with an ex-marine teacher taking his gang-banging students to task. Don't bother.
The silliness of The Substitute escalates as the film progresses, so that by the end there have been plenty of laughs during 'serious' scenes.
This movie is a lot more entertaining than the Michelle Pfeiffer showcase Dangerous Minds.
Because The Substitute doesn't take itself seriously, it's a great deal of lowbrow fun.
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