A bunch of high school misfits in Hawaii, introduced by their new teacher, attend a science fair in which they draw up inspiration to build their own solar car and win a trip to compete in the 1990 World Solar Challenge in Australia.
Idealistic Sandra Beecher has just started working as a Science teacher at Kona-Pali High School in Hawaii, being hired for this job despite her teaching background being English. Her reason for taking the job is largely to run away from the mainland and a failed marriage. She finds that her students are an unmotivated lot, largely because there are low societal expectations of them, including from their parents and the school faculty. As such, she directs a handful of her most unmotivated students to attend a regional science fair at which there are no Kona-Pali displays to come up with their own science fair projects. An incident at the fair does spur one of her students, Daniel Webster, self-professed as not being good at most things but believing he is a good designer, to announce, with the support of his fellow students, that they want to build a solar powered car of his design as their project, and to enter that car in the upcoming Inter-island Race. American Corporate giant, ... Written by
OK, not the greatest movie in the world, and the outcome is fairly
predictable, but it was another opportunity to see Halle Berry, and I
cannot pass that up. Besides that, I am trying to get my teaching
certificate, so I watch teacher movies, no matter how silly.
I understand that it is also based upon a true story.
In addition, it also featured Eliza Dushku (Buffy, Tru Calling), Casey
Affleck (brother of Ben), and James Belushi.
It wasn't memorable, but it was cute and not a total waste of time.
Also, it was written by Barry Morrow, a member of the Association of
Retarded Citizens, the National Association of Social Workers, and the
Austism Society of America - a lifelong advocate for the rights of
persons with disabilities. That puts him solidly in my camp as I am
also a member of NASW and work with the developmentally disabled.
Morrow won an Oscar for writing Rain Man.
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