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Principal Takes a Holiday (1998)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Family  -  4 January 1998 (USA)
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A rowdy high school senior risks losing a $10,000 gift his parents promise him for graduation if he can complete the year without getting in trouble by getting caught by the principal in a ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Franklin Fitz
John Scaduto
Celia Shine
Peter Heath (as Rashaan H. Nall)
Principal Frank Hockenberry
Miss W. Fassle
Vice Principal Ralph Calder
Science Teacher
Douglas Newell ...
Math Teacher
Biology Teacher
Daphne Goldrick ...
Health Teacher
Walter Marsh ...
Dr. Vernon Baxter
Christopher Gaze ...


A rowdy high school senior risks losing a $10,000 gift his parents promise him for graduation if he can complete the year without getting in trouble by getting caught by the principal in a prank. However, when an accident befalls the current principal, the senior goes and finds a drifter to show up at the school as the new principal to get his records erased. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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4 January 1998 (USA)  »

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Principal Takes a Holiday  »

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When Miss Shine makes her 'Her Story' joke, her glasses are on, off and on again between shots. See more »


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Principally speaking, this one's a crowd pleaser
12 January 2005 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

John, a high school student, will inherit mucho moola if he stays out of the detention room at school. He fails to do it and gets socked with demerits. When the principal is away on a conference, erstwhile John arranges for a skid row denizen to take his place. Pourquoi? Because the new principal Fitz (Kevin Nealon) can get into computer files and erase any black marks on John's record. The course of true treachery, however, never does run smooth. And, behold, Fitz has cast his eye on a nice female teacher and aspires to run a tight ship.

What an enjoyment this movie is! Nealon does a great job as the bum who cleans up good and charms. The students around him are typical teenagers who try to get the better of him, but, he does not have feet of clay. There's even a romance to satisfy those incurable types out there. Recommended as family fun, fun, fun till Daddy takes the VCR or DVD player away.

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