The Substitute (1996)Closed Captioning
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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.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 21
- Fresh: 8
- Rotten: 13
- Average Rating: 4.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: The entire setup is too garish to be credible.
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.
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.
Rotten: Aside from a lot of only moderately-satisfying violence, The Substitute comes across as rather lame.
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!
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 1996
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