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The Substitute (1996)

  R HD Closed Captioning

Robert Mandel

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Plot Summary

When a teacher is assaulted by gang members at school, her boyfriend, a soldier of fortune named Shale, decides to take matters into his own hands. He becomes the new substitute teacher, and goes undercover to investigate the lethal street gang. Shale discovers that the thugs are heavily involved with drug dealing, and that the principal himself "assigns" their illegal activities.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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41%
  • Reviews Counted: 22
  • Fresh: 9
  • Rotten: 13
  • Average Rating: 4.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The entire setup is too garish to be credible. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: There's a sense of shrewd observation throughout The Substitute that makes it come alive and seem quite a few cuts above such usual genre fare. – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, Feb 24, 2007

Fresh: Those who appreciate the irony of a killing machine turned loose on a pack of nasty students will find The Substitute a source of nonstop delight. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 18, 2002

Rotten: The title changes, the actors change, and the superficial details of the story change, but it is always about exactly the same thing: heavily armed men shooting at one another. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

The Best of School Action

If your were a fan of The Principal or Dangerous Minds, this is right up your alley, This is the best of the school action movies, just because the cast is great it not a one or two people that famous there several great actors, and a great storyline that just give it that great action movie feel.

Worst movie ever.

If you like action, or movies at all, don't ever see this movie.

SUBSTITUTE; WEAK AND VIOLENT.......NEEDS SCHOOLING

This film like many formulaic films of the anglo-teacher coming in to save the poor disenfranchised Black and Brown inner city students is repulsive, ignorant and racist. I've liked Director Mandel' previous efforts but this one is a sad reminder that "The Substitute" needs some schooling!

The Substitute (1996)
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  • $11.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 1996

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