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Awesome: 23.33%
Worth A Look: 3.33%
Average: 23.33%
Pretty Bad: 23.33%
Total Crap26.67%

3 reviews, 12 user ratings

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Emperor's Club, The
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Disregarding history."
1 stars

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.]

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User Comments

7/31/07 Cristina IT WAS WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
12/10/05 Quigley I have always cherished stories about classmates finding a common bond; truly profound 5 stars
9/18/04 chester alday the movie was good 4 stars
3/26/04 Joeie Frisbie it showed true quality and self-reliance, which in turn let the imagination run 5 stars
2/16/04 Francoise M. Moore movie every teen should watch 5 stars
10/06/03 Darryl Well, it's nothing special, but I liked it okay. 3 stars
9/21/03 Nick wong I want to be a emperor. 5 stars
9/07/03 Kyle Made me tired. This has been done before, and much better. 2 stars
12/03/02 George Jung Kevin Kline's career must be rolling in its grave 1 stars
12/03/02 Cathy Alvarez This movie has helped to restore my faith in the movie industry; my son can learn from this 5 stars
12/02/02 poetchuck Moving performances, warm character 5 stars
11/26/02 The Talking Elbow Forced sentimental preppy induced crap ! Made me nauseous 1 stars
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  22-Nov-2002 (PG-13)



Directed by
  Michael Hoffman

Written by
  Neil Tolkin

  Kevin Kline
  Emile Hirsch
  Embeth Davidtz
  Patrick Dempsey
  Rob Morrow
  Joel Gretsch

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