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The Substitute 2: School's Out (1998)

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Professional mercenary Karl Thomasson arrives in Brooklyn to attend the funeral of his brother Randall, who was murdered while trying to stop a carjacking that has been blamed on the "... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Owen Stadele Owen Stadele ... Joel
Edoardo Ballerini ... Danny Bramson
Christopher Cousins ... Randall Thomasson
Chuck Jeffreys ... Willy
Susan May Pratt ... Anya Thomasson
Michael Michele ... Kara Lavelle
Treat Williams ... Karl Thomasson
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Dontae (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
Camille Gaston ... Keyshawn
Eugene Byrd ... Mase
Angel David ... Joey 6
BD Wong ... Warren Drummond
Daryl Edwards ... Johnny Bartee
Antonio David Lyons ... Sodaboy (as Antonio Lyons)
Paul Lazar ... Mack Weathers
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Storyline

Professional mercenary Karl Thomasson arrives in Brooklyn to attend the funeral of his brother Randall, who was murdered while trying to stop a carjacking that has been blamed on the "Brotherhood", a vicious street gang led by "Little B." Karl, who believes there is something more to it, goes undercover as Randall's replacement at Lenthrop High School in Brooklyn, where Randall was a history teacher, so Karl can investigate the Brotherhood. Karl becomes the protector of Randall's daughter Anya when their lives are threatened by whoever is behind the recent string of carjackings, and the plot behind the carjackings runs a lot deeper than the Brotherhood, and the threat is a lot closer to Karl and Anya than they dare to think. Written by Todd Baldridge <sandib@mis.net>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Substitute 2: School's Out See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Island City, New York, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Treat Williams, B.D. Wong. Susan May Pratt, Larry Gillyard, Jr. and Eudorado Ballerini appeared on the series, "Law & Order" in guest starring roles as well as its' spin off "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." Wong would go on to star in "Special Victims Unit" three years after the release of this film. See more »

Goofs

As Karl and Danny face the Hoods, Karl tels the Hoods to look at their chests so they can see the infra-red lights from the scopes. Infra-red scopes don't work that way (you do see a red dot but only through the scope and not on the target) but laser sights do mark their targets that way. See more »

Quotes

Joey 6: [Watching Randall's daughter enter a car] Smart money says the real action's in the car with the boyfriend.
Karl Thomasson: [Deadpan] I think the smart money should shut up.
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Connections

Followed by The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All (1999) See more »

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Lady Don't Tek No
Written by Born and Lateef
Performed by Latyrx
Courtesy of Solesides Records
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The hall monitor...
24 August 2006 | by fmarkland32See all my reviews

Treat Williams stars as a mercenary who fills in for his brother after said brother is murdered, along the way he finds that all blame points to Drummond (B.D Wong) but Williams' elaborate plan to teach and kickbox his students is put into full effect when Drummond's men find out about him and decide to kill him. Believe it or not I preferred this sequel to the original, only due to the faster pace and a more likable hero in Treat Williams. Williams is one of those versatile actors who can convince in action and convince in the role of being human. Treat Williams acts much like how a real teacher in real life would plus he seems willing to negotiate and make amends for his actions. Such as the scene where Williams offers to pay for the kid's radio that he threw out the radio. There are many good scenes that are quite well acted such as when Williams talks to the class and in all seriousness it works better than the original. Also another element I like is how the action is more under control and the movie develops a more serious take on the plot. Although the one line of which Williams says "I've killed before but I try to not like it, so this is going to be a new experience for me" Is a howler. This makes the movie far more enjoyable than sequels usually are.

* * 1/2 out of 4-(Pretty good)


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