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The Principal (1987)

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Release Date: Sep 18, 1987 Wide

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An impulsive but determined white principal brings order and respect to a predominantly African-American and Latino high school in this comedy-drama from the director of Young Guns and That Was Then, This Is Now. Rick Latimer (James Belushi), a high-school teacher, is in the process of a divorce when he sees his estranged wife at a bar having drinks with her attorney. Drunk and enraged, he smashes the guy's car up and receives a reprimand from the school board -- a new job as principal at

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Drama, Comedy

Jul 30, 2002

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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I'd like to see Morgan Freeman take over THIS school.

March 15, 2008
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

James Belushi is great in The Principal, whether he is giving a speech, throwing out a one-liner, or just raising an eyebrow.

June 14, 2007

An arresting drama starring likable Jim Belushi as an antihero principal trying to clean up a violent, drug-infested high school. Won't be a favorite of ACLU members.

October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Bypasses heart-warming stuff completely, going instead for macho yelling and simple two-word slogans. Class dismissed.

December 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Violent, but still darkly humorous, Christopher Cain's "The Principal" takes the old 'new teacher comes to rough high school and takes out the garbage' theme and adds Belushi's renowned sense of wit and likeability.

September 17, 2002
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Exciting movie, entertaining and sometimes funny, The Principal, have the potential to be a good film. Problem: not so great direction and script.
June 21, 2011
Lucas Martins

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A horrible movie about a horrible school and the horrible teachers who do horrible things to the students to try and enforce some rules. I hated this movie.
February 6, 2011
ajv2688

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This is one of the movies where you get to see James Belushi as a tough guy so I suggest you take a look at this teacher who takes no b.s. at his new job at a tough high school.
July 8, 2009
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