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

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Norman Warner
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Elli Warner
Don MacKay ...
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Maggie Little
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Dan Parks
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Denise Davies
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Vern Cote (as Christopher Gauthier)
Shylo Sharity ...
Chase
Gordie Giroux ...
Seth
Asia Lim ...
Kylie
Chelsea Florko ...
Heather
Alexander Pollock ...
Clyde
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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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Life's greatest lessons are taught outside the classroom. See more »

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

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Dylan mentions that Chase believes his family is akin to The Addams Family. John Astin, who appears as Stormin' Norman Warner, Dylan's grandfather, in this movie, starred as Gomez Addams in The Addams Family (1964). See more »

Goofs

Mr. D is using a microwave to heat up a Moon Pie. In one shot, his left hand is holding the microwave door open; then we switch to another shot where the door is closed and he presses the following buttons: 1, 5, START. The next shot is a continuation of the first, where we see him holding the microwave door open. Also, depending on which shot you want to use for when the microwave actually started, it runs for either 7 or 9 seconds, not 15. See more »

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Matt Warner: Mind if we join you?
Michael D'Angelo: [dressed as an Indian Chief] All tribes welcome. Hear me, my chiefs. My heart is weak... it's sick. Though the flesh may turn to dust, my soul will stand strong and soar higher than ever before, like the distant echo of a beating drum, breathing life like the wind. Part of all living things. Now and forever.
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References The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »

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No Regrets
Written and Performed by Gob (as GOB)
Courtesy of Nettwerk Productions
Nettwerk Music Publishing / Chrysalis Music
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Excellent Movie
20 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie shows people that first impressions are not always correct. At the beginning Mr. Matt Warner thought that Mr.D. had it all looks, charm, and everyone everywhere seem to love him. After he found out a secret about Mr. D. he realized that a person who takes the time to care for others even when they have their own problems is truly special. This movie is heartwarming and loving. Some people said the movie was not good, I respect their opinions. I however, could not wait to see this movie. If this movie ever comes out on video or DVD I will be buying it. The movie just showed how the human spirit can inspire people and u can find inspiration in people u would not think of finding it in.


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