The Substitute (1996) - Action, Crime, Drama

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Mercenary Shale's team is retired after a (not so) covert mission in Cuba. He becomes substitute teacher at his teacher fiancee's Miami high school to get those behind kneecapping her. His team helps him.

Director: Robert Mandel
Stars: Tom Berenger, Raymond Cruz
Length: 114 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 3 out of 60 found boring (5%)

One-line Reviews (34)

Very enjoyable, with a slightly harder edge than you'd expect from a movie of this type.

Its all very predictable and you know Berenger will never get hurt.

Mandel and "Street Trash" scenarist Roy Frumkes, "Substitute 2" scribe Rocco Simonelli, and "Cat People" writer Alan Ormsby have created an entertaining, suspenseful, sometimes amusing, melodrama with a minor surprise or two.

The only worth while part of this film is the action packed ending even though it takes place in the halls of a school and isn't really given any logical explanation for happening.

Additional kudos go to Ernie Hudson who gives a riveting performance as the high school principal on the brink.

Berenger is engaging in the lead, receiving strong support from the appealing and under-rated Venora, and Ernie Hudson, the latter cast as the principal of the school.

A well done entertaining action movie.

The soundtrack is very engaging and the production values are convincing.

I saw this film on telly a few nights ago (in March 2006) and ended up devoting 4 and a half hours watching both part one and part two of it because it was so engrossing.

Enjoyable Action flick .

The movie builds well, but wraps up very abruptly, despite being engaging and at least somewhat believable up until that point.

One footchase has a sadly predictable ending, resulting in the death of one of the few truly likable characters.

Not exactly Tom's best outing, but enjoyable nonetheless...

This movie, set in South Florida, incorporates history and realistic action to weave an entertaining story of South Florida crime.

Even though it was kind of a low-class type of story and movie with mostly bad, profane people tossing the f-word around like it was candy, it still was an enjoyable movie in a lot of parts and certainly had a satisfying ending.

Fun, enjoyable, not masterpiece material .

Another stunning performance and it's a real shame he hasn't got the major roles he deserves.

The action is as fast and as furious as one of the submachine guns fired in this larger-than-life, but exciting exercise in educational reform.

Tom Berenger's fine performance in "The Substitute" makes the movie worth watching .

Brainless but Highly Entertaining .

Director Robert Mandel of School Ties fame does a phenomenal job tying up all the loose ends presented throughout Roy Frumkes and Rocco Simonelli's brilliant screenplay and treating the viewer to a climax that is both intensely shocking as well as entertaining.

Overall, this film is definitely worth watching if you are into action and revenge type themes.

It was intense, entertaining and fun to watch.

It's quite entertaining to watch Berenger discipline an unruly class.

One thing the aforementioned movies don't have, of course, are Tom Berenger's stunning purple shorts.

The whole thing is pretty hokey and like I said before it is very predictable.

It is entertaining, credible and keeps you hooked to see how they wrap it up.

The way lower class kids are living, which is dangerously on the edge, their way of thinking and looking at the world around them.

It creates almost instant rapport by sympathetic central characters, even when the plot is a tedious retreaded farrago of numerous other flicks.

Definitely a bit of an adrenaline rush at times with this one, I think everyone has had fantasies about kicking the crap out of their old school bullies at some point.

It wasn't terrible, just mundane and not very interesting.

i was bored for a lot of it.

I enjoyed this movie not just because it's formula, but also because of some unexpected moments, too.

This film is not very good; badly directed, sloppy script, tedious stereotypes, and cliched throughout.