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?
Director John Stockwell and the film's producers hired a private investigator to track down the real Dr. Gerald Plecki. It took nearly half a year to convince Plecki to sell his rights and become involved in the production. 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
Well, if we could get the tests, I'm sure Whitney Young has them too.
Of course they do. Doesn't the decathlon have their offices at Whitney Young? I mean, you do the math.
So, two wrongs would make a right?
No. Two wrongs make it even.