The Principal
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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 rough-and-tumble Brandel High. Security guard Jake Phillips (Louis Gossett Jr.) is soon teaching his… More
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"I'd like to see Morgan Freeman take over THIS school."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"Bypasses heart-warming stuff completely, going instead for macho yelling and simple two-word slogans. Class dismissed."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"James Belushi is great in The Principal, whether he is giving a speech, throwing out a one-liner, or just raising an eyebrow."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"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."
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"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."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
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