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The Substitute 2: School's Out (1998)

Professional mercenary Karl Thomasson arrives in Brooklyn to attend the funeral of his brother Randall, who was murdered while trying to stop a carjacking that has been blamed on the "... See full summary »

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Danny Bramson
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Randall Thomasson
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Willy
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Anya Thomasson
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Kara Lavelle
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Sodaboy (as Antonio Lyons)
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Professional mercenary Karl Thomasson arrives in Brooklyn to attend the funeral of his brother Randall, who was murdered while trying to stop a carjacking that has been blamed on the "Brotherhood", a vicious street gang led by "Little B." Karl, who believes there is something more to it, goes undercover as Randall's replacement at Lenthrop High School in Brooklyn, where Randall was a history teacher, so Karl can investigate the Brotherhood. Karl becomes the protector of Randall's daughter Anya when their lives are threatened by whoever is behind the recent string of carjackings, and the plot behind the carjackings runs a lot deeper than the Brotherhood, and the threat is a lot closer to Karl and Anya than they dare to think. Written by Todd Baldridge <sandib@mis.net>

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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »
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There are alot of similarities between this film and the original:

They both take place in a High School (Miami, Florida for The Substitute and Brooklyn, New York for this film)

A teacher is either attacked or murdered (Jane played by Diane Venora in The Substitute and Randall, Lt. Karl Tomasson's (played by Treat Williams) brother in this film) by a gang or thugs.

Shale (played by Tom Berenger) and Karl Tomasson (played by Treat Williams) both go undercover as Substitute teachers to uncover the attackers of their loved ones.

In the original film, the High School was used a Drug Storage and Distribution Facility and in this film, the school auto mechanics shop is being used a "chop shop" for stolen cars.

The gangs have similar tag names. "The K.O.D" (Kings of Destruction) in the first film and "The Brotherhood" in this film.

The character of Joey 6 appears in both films played by two different actors (Raymond Cruz in the first film and Angel David in this one)

The main villain in each film is either a former law enforcement official or a military soldier. Ernie Hudson was a former cop turned principal/drug trafficker in the first film and B.D. Wong was a former Lieutenant in the Army which is how he found out Treat Williams' true identity later in the film.

Both Shale and Karl have a love interest in each film. Diane Venora for the first film and Michael Michele in this film.

Joey 6 performing surveillance in this film following the gang members of The Brotherhood as in the original as he was tailing Juan Lockas character played by Marc Anthony using the same or similar equipment.

The truck Joey 6 is driving in the film is almost the same one that Tom Berenger uses in the original film.

Both Shale and Karl teach a class of unruly, disruptive and gang associated students in each film.

Both Shale and Karl each have a tactical military style fight demonstration in the classroom against unruly students trying to attack them. Shale is confronted by two students in the original with one holding an ice pick using a Vietnam allegory referencing "In Vietnam you had to have eyes in the back of your head" and Karl is confronted by Mase (Eugene Byrd) who is carrying a butterfly knife referencing the "absence of compromise" in his defense after throwing the boombox out of the window. They both easily obtain their weapons by utilizing a similar martial arts move nearly breaking their arms or fingers.

While undercover Shale and Karl Tomasson each acquire some unexpected help from either another teacher or a janitor. Shale (Tom Berenger's) character had the help of Glenn Plummer in the original film and in this film, Treat Williams acquires the help of Johnny Bartee, the school's janitor and a former soldier, who happens to be a Tunnel Rat.

The climactic fight between members of The Brotherhood and Tomasson, Joey 6 and Johnny Bartee take place inside the high school at night just like the finale in The Substitute where Shale and his crew took out Rolle, Johnny Glades, John Janus and their crew.

In both films, Joey 6 is wounded during the climactic gun fights inside the High School.

The climatic confrontation between Tomasson and Drummond is a hand to hand combat fight only slightly different than the one between Shale and Rolle at the end of the original film both in terms of the location, the utilization of various garage tools and the end result of the fight. See more »

Goofs

As Karl and Danny face the Hoods, Karl tels the Hoods to look at their chests so they can see the infra-red lights from the scopes. Infra-red scopes don't work that way (you do see a red dot but only through the scope and not on the target) but laser sights do mark their targets that way. See more »

Quotes

Karl Thomasson: [holds up a yo-yo] what do you think this is?
Dontae: It's just a simple toy man
[starts drinking from a large bottle]
Karl Thomasson: To you it is. But back in 1500 in the Philippines it was a weapon
[lashes out with the yo-yo and smashes the bottle Dontae is drinking from]
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Followed by The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All (1999) See more »

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Written by Kool Keith and Godfather Don
Performed by the Cenobites
Courtesy of Fondle 'Em Records
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Brainless and Shallow Action B-Movie
4 May 2016 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Brooklyn, New York City, Randall Thomasson (Christopher Cousins) is murdered while attempting to avoid a carjacking. His brother Karl Thomasson (Treat Williams), who is a veteran mercenary, attends the funeral and meets his estranged niece Anya (Susan May Pratt). Karl decides to pose as history teacher to replace his brother at the high- school and investigate his death. Karl also teams up with the also mercenary Joey 6 (Angel David) to investigate the gang The Brotherhood that is blamed for the murder. The teacher Kara Lavelle (Michael Michele) helps Karl in the investigation and he is hired by the school. Karl finds violent and disrespectful students in class and protects Anya, while has a love affair with Kara. He also befriends a school janitor that is also a war veteran. Soon Karl discovers that The Brotherhood is using the school to disassemble stolen cars to sell and that the school's auto-repair teacher Warren Drummond (BD Wong) is one of the leaders of the gang. The school becomes no mans land.

"The Substitute 2: School's Out" is a brainless and shallow action B- movie full of clichés. The storyline (a substitute teacher comes to a high-school at the outskirts where he finds violent students and a gang) has been used several times by the cinema industry. Karl, Kara, Anya, Joey 6, Warren among others are one-dimensional characters, indeed stereotypes, and there is no explanation why Karl has forgotten his brother and his niece; or why Karl and Kara have a love affair so soon; or why Warren is a member of a dangerous gang. There are shootings at school and no police appears in the area. Last but not the least, there is no message for the students and only a revenge. My vote is four.

Title (Brazil): "O Substituto 2" ("The Substitute 2")


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