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School of Life (2005)

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

Director:

William Dear

Writer:

Jonathan Kahn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Paymer ... Matt Warner
Ryan Reynolds ... Mr. D
John Astin ... Norman Warner
Andrew Robb Andrew Robb ... Dylan Warner
Kate Vernon ... Elli Warner
Don MacKay ... Principal Bass
Brenda McDonald Brenda McDonald ... Maggie Little
Paul Jarrett ... Dan Parks
Leila Johnson ... Denise Davies
Chris Gauthier ... Vern Cote (as Christopher Gauthier)
Shylo Sharity Shylo Sharity ... Chase
Gordie Giroux Gordie Giroux ... Seth
Asia Lim Asia Lim ... Kylie
Chelsea Florko Chelsea Florko ... Heather
Alexander Pollock Alexander Pollock ... Clyde
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Life's greatest lessons are taught outside the classroom. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

ABC Family

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

School of Life See more »

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(DVD) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Michael D'Angelo: Oh, this is the greatest find of all time. Ladies and gentleman - Swimsuit edition. March.
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Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Hello Hello
Written by Mitch Allan (as Mitch Allan Scherr)
Performed by The Yo-Yo's (as The YoYo's)
Used by permission of EMI April Music Inc.
Courtesy of BMG Music Canada Inc.
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Surprisely Good Movie
21 February 2005 | by ws_lingSee all my reviews

Caught this show on cable one night while channel surfing. So my wife and I settled down to watch the show. I expected the usual feel-good family drama as the show as on Disney channel. However we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the show. Yes it is feel-good show, but the story was funny and touching at the same time. Ryan Reynold's acting was good although some of his lines made me cringe. Plot was a bit predictable but still this was one show that did not have to use sex, violence or foul language to keep you entertained for an hour and a half. I would recommend to my not yet teenager son to watch when it comes around on TV again. After seeing this show I wished I had a teacher like that during my school days. I can only hope my children would meet such a teacher who can inspire them so much.


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