This is about wastage in the field of education. But the film manages to waste: Nolte, playing a disillusioned teacher with all the fire of a tranquillised tiger; fine character actors like Royal Dano and Allen Garfield; and, finally, a potentially dynamic subject. Hiller's sledgehammer direction turns the problems common in education into an endless parade of clichés, feebly propped up by wacky humour, inarticulacy, ham and corn. Avoid.
Cast and crew
Nick Nolte JoBeth Williams Judd Hirsch Ralph Macchio Allen Garfield Lee Grant Richard Mulligan Royal Dano William Schallert Art Metrano Laura Dern Zohra Lampert Morgan Freeman