Movies about great teachers are all the same movie, really. The Great Teacher gets a job at rough, tough school where the kids are really mean. The administration sucks and won't support the Great Teacher's innovations. The Great Teacher finds a way to be innovative, anyway. The really mean kids fall in love with the Great Teacher and become real sweethearts. BUT should the Great Teacher LEAVE an underpaid, under-appreciated job or struggle along on cruddy wages and make nice with stubborn bureaucrats?
If the answer to that question doesn't warm up every single molecule down to your toenails, this year's Great Teacher has failed, but the nice thing about Great Teacher movies is that they hardly ever fail because they always star adorable icons. Who could resist Michelle Pfeiffer as anyone in anything? Not me! And the real Great Teacher, Lou Anne Johnson, is pretty irresistible, too, as you'll hear in an interview a bit later on in the show. And the guy playing Emilio Ramirez, the meanest student of all, is Wade Dominguez, whose cheekbones could chisel the iceberg that sank the Titanic. So if you hate attractive j.d. `s or Michelle Pfeiffer, (you churl!) the big screen adaptation of "My Posse Don't Do Homework" may not be your movie. Everyone else, note that "Dangerous Minds" opens nationally this week.
Copyright 1995 Monica Sullivan
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