Trite Hollywood compost; a pedagogical private school history teacher (Kevin Kline) clashes with an obstinate student, so he instead turns to classroom nepotism and tries to instill in him lessons on life.But rather, the fellow students are infected by the bad seed. For a teacher of history, he forgets the major theory that history repeats itself, so a cheater is destined to be a cheater. Once a cheat, always a cheat. But it takes director Michael Hoffman nearly the whole movie to get that point across. Dull, uninspired, horrendously acted, etc. Hoffman’s own pedagogy clouds his mind with visions of importance and acclaim, which make it all the easier for him to neglect the fetidly generic and shallow material, matched only in equality by his direction.
With Emile Hirsch, Rishi Mehta, Jesse Eisenberg, Edward Herrmann and Embeth Davidtz.[Not to be bothered with.]