School of Life (2005)

School of Life


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When veteran high-school biology teacher "Stormin'" Norman Warner (John Astin) drops dead in the middle of a class, his temporary replacement is young basketball coach Michael D'Angelo (Ryan Reynolds). Scoring an immediate hit with his students thanks to his lively, unorthodox teaching methods, "Mr. D" quickly becomes a leading contender for the Teacher of the Year award, which for the past 43 years had been won by the late Mr. Warner. All of this sits not at all well with Warner's son, Matt … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Television, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jonathan Khan, Jonathan Kahn
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On DVD: Jan 3, 2006


as Matt Warner

as Michael D'Angelo

as Norman Warner

as Dylan Warner

as Elli Warner

as Principal Bass

as Maggie Little

as Denise Davies

as Vern Cole

as Dan Parks

as Astronaut

as Kylie

as Miss Hunt

as Matilda Smith
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...substitutes overt instances of sentimentality for anything even resembling authenticity and genuine emotion.

Full Review… | October 21, 2005
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Audience Reviews for School of Life

This movie leaves you with a ray of hope that there are some teachers that are not disillusioned.

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Ryan Reynolds. Never heard of this, yet I found it to be absolutely fantastic! He is just the best.

Cynthia S.

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Cast: David Paymer, Ryan Reynolds, Kate Vernon, Andrew Robb, John Astin, Leila Johnson, Shylo Sharity, Chelsea Florko, Jillian Marie, Alexander Pollock

Director: William Dear

Summary: Stodgy educator Matt Warner (David Paymer) -- who's determined to carry on his late father's legacy of winning the Teacher of the Year award -- suddenly finds himself competing with charismatic new history teacher Michael D'Angelo (Ryan Reynolds) in this made-for-TV family tale. In an effort to smear the affectionately dubbed "Mr. D," Matt tails him and makes a shocking discovery that leads to an uncomfortable self-assessment and an about face.

My Thoughts: "A feel good movie with a great message but with a bitter-sweet ending. Good performances from Ryan and David Paymer. The story is about learning what little time we have on this planet so what we do with it better count. The title of the film is very fitting. It isn't about school or teachers, it's about us. How we treat each other how we see each other. What we can do and what we should do. To make something of our lives and don't waste the time we have been given because our time is limited and unforseen. Not a film for most, but one worth taking a look at with your kids."


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