Cheaters (2000)




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Moral hypocrisy and the woes of America's public schools and educational system are the focus of Cheaters, which is based on a real-life 1995 cheating scandal at a Chicago high school. In a working class area of the city, teacher Dr. Gerald Plecki (Jeff Daniels) is desperate for his students to triumph at an upcoming academic decathlon against students of a more affluent high school across town. His desperation causes him to cast a blind eye when one of his students gets hold of a copy of the decathlon test -- and, thanks to their combined dedication to cheating -- the team wins the competition with the highest total score in state history. Of course, the score leads to suspicion on the part of Illinois officials, and the resulting scandal is accompanied by a media frenzy of monolithic proportions.
R (adult situations/language)
Drama , Television
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Jeff Daniels
as Gerard Plecki
Jena Malone
as Jolie Fitch
Paul Sorvino
as Constantine Kiamos
Dov Tiefenbach
as Flickas
Luke Edwards
as Darius
Anna Raj
as Agnieska
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All Critics (5)

...Cheaters is more than just movie-of-the-week fodder.

Full Review… | October 2, 2002
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Pulls the clichés of the inspirational teacher movie straight through the looking glass.

September 10, 2001

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April 8, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Cheaters

perfectly done. casting was fantastic Jena Malone is hot as ever. and Jeff Daniels is hilarious. you cant go wrong with this movie

Adam Utz
Adam Utz

A pretty cool TV movie about students sticking it to standardized testing.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

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Surprisingly good film inspired by real events, an acid social critique of both the media and the education system. Jeff Daniels can be very good in the right roles.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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