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In a Class of His Own (1999)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 17 October 1999
Rich Donato is the high school janitor at an Oregon high school. He is looked up to by the kids who often seek his advice. There is only one problem. He doesn't have a high school diploma. ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
... Ricardo 'Rich' Donato
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Freddy
... Mr. Guiterrez
... Jake Matteson
... Sherry Donato
... Linda Ching
Nathaniel DeVeaux ... Vincent Lexington
Rich Donato ... Parent in Auditorium
... Mrs. Matteson
... Security Guard
... Lance
... Mrs. Escobar
... Charles 'Charlie' Zaken
... Skip Jordan
... Brandy (as Candice McClure)
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Rich Donato is the high school janitor at an Oregon high school. He is looked up to by the kids who often seek his advice. There is only one problem. He doesn't have a high school diploma. The school board tells him that he must get his GED in 30 days or he will lose his job. He tries taking the test on his own, but fails. His wife rallies the community to help Rich pass the test. Now that Rich has help from teachers and students, there is nothing he can't do. Written by Pat McCurry <laraspal00@aol.com>

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Prince of Mirrors: The Rich Donato Story  »

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charming? i'm not sure...
18 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

In general, this isn't a very good movie. For what it's supposed to be tho, it's decent. Philips is a good actor, no doubt, and he's really charming as the janitor trying to pass the test to get his ged (so he can keep his job.) The woman who plays his wife, on the other hand, is one of the worst actresses I have seen in ANY movie. The script has a nice message- to judge people by what is in their hearts, to look past certain weaknesses in people, etc...mushy stuff like that. The problem tho- the script, while somewhat endearing, is quite lame. When you hear the wife tell philips she doesn't have her violin in her robe (don't whine, get it? ha ha ha)...you almost want to puke. I mean, come on! This movie was made for families obviously, but some of the script is just too lame...other than those few sections, it's entertaining, and as I said, it carries a nice message. Philips does a lot to move the movie forward, along with a young man who looks up to him, and is in the same boat almost (he is stuck in remedial classes.) Nice story, some halfway decent writing- overall- workable, entertaining, a good film.


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