A new teacher squares off against his crusty competitor for a teacher of the year award.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Warner
Andrew Robb ...
Elli Warner
Don MacKay ...
Principal Bass
Brenda McDonald ...
Maggie Little
Dan Parks
Denise Davies
Vern Cote (as Christopher Gauthier)
Gordie Giroux ...
Asia Lim ...
Chelsea Florko ...
Alexander Pollock ...


History teacher "Stormin'" Norman Warner is held with great reverence at Fallbrook Middle School, he voted Teacher of the Year by its student body forty-three years in a row. His son, current Biology teacher Matt Warner, does not hold that same reverence by the students, who view him as a stick in the mud. After Norman's passing, Matt, who received a few words of wisdom from his father before he died and who has always felt in his father's shadow, nonetheless feels the burden of keeping the Warner winning streak of Teacher of the Year alive. His task is made all the more difficult of the hiring of Michael D'Angelo, a Fallbrook alumnus, as its new History teacher. Quickly given the catchy moniker "Mr. D" by all at the school, Michael captures the imagination not only of the students but of all the other teachers, that is except Matt, who uses all his energies to discredit Mr. D and his methods. All Matt's efforts fall flat on his face, which places his son, Dylan Warner, a grade 8 ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport

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Rated PG for language, brief sensuality and rude humor | See all certifications »

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19 February 2005 (USA)  »

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Escola da Vida  »

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Viewers who recognize actor Ryan Reynolds will realize that, as Dylan is leaving after the grave-side service for his grandfather, he first meets Mr. D who is going to the grave to pay his own respects (at around 07 mins). See more »


When the teachers are sitting in front of the students at the beginning of the school year Mr. D has on red shoes. Then the next time you see him in the classroom he has on brown shoes. You can see them when he is sitting in the chair in the center of the circle. See more »


Michael D'Angelo: Education is truly a hero's journey, and it seems to me that going to school is a lot like a Star Wars movie. You're all Luke Skywalkers or Lucy Skywalkers, whichever applies, and school is just one of the many places that you're going to receive your Jedi training. Because we need to get ready to go do battle against the Evil Empire. Now, the Evil Empire is not our school, our parents, or even the questionable meat products in the cafeteria. No. You see, the Evil Empire is a belief. It's ...
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Written by Steve Bays (as Bays), Dustin Hawthorne (as Hawthorne), Decaro and Paul Hawley (as Hawley)
Performed by Hot Hot Heat
Used by permission of Hot Hot Heat Music (SOCAN/ASCAP) and SupPop Records
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this is an awesome family movie!!!!!!!!
16 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

"The School of Life" Starring Ryan Reynolds, David Paymer, Andrew Robb, Leila Johnson, and Shylo Sharity. A small-town history teacher with a different approach to teaching raises the suspicion of a stuffy biology teacher who's looking to win the "Teacher of the Year" award. Hip teacher Mr. D (Reynolds) doesn't just teach history, he lives it. His passion for the subject catches on with the students in his class, who think they're in for another boring year. Though the kids and the faculty all love Mr. D, biology teacher Matt Warner (Paymer) views the new teacher as another roadblock in his path to take the "Teacher of the Year" prize. The son of wildly popular educator Stormin' Norman, a man who had achieved the feat of winning the top teacher award for 43 years in a row -- Matt Warner is desperate to prove his worth as a teacher by following in his fathers footsteps. When Warner learns a secret about Mr. D that could bring the newly arrived teacher down and place Warner in just the right position to take the Teacher of the Year title, the entire town of Fallbrook learns an important lesson that can't be taught in a textbook. This movie has a good combination of funny dialog, great dramatic acting from the cast and moments that keep you guessing.

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