In the fall of 1994, a teacher at Chicago's run-down Steinmetz High recruits seven students for an academic decathlon team. They work long hours, preparing for the February regional event, won for ten straight years by a privileged, preppy school. Steinmetz finishes just well enough to be invited to the state meet. When a team member steals a copy of the state test, the teacher and kids face a dilemma: to remain honest, or to cheat and score a victory for kids in underfunded schools. When they do well, they must face a withering barrage of investigations, accusations, lawyers' lies, and reporters' intrusions. Is it all worth it? What lessons does cheating teach? Written by
Putting The System To The Test
Did You Know?
The real-life Jolie Fitch, who was played by Jena Malone, was interviewed by the press in 2000 (at the time of the release of the movie), noting that she had dropped out of college because she was pregnant. She now works at a department store in the suburbs of Chicago. See more
At one point, 'Jeff Daniels' accidentally refers to 'Agnieska Maryniarczyk' as 'Anna,' the real name of the actress playing the character. Anna Raj. See more
Dr. Gerald Plecki
I'm going to switch you and Dominik for the state. You had the lowest scores in the regional competition, so he's gonna compete at state.
That's not fair. No one told me you couldn't choose more than one answer. It's called multiple choice!