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School of Life (2005)





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A small-town history teacher with a decidedly different approach to public education raises the ire of a stuffy biology teacher who's looking to win the "Teacher of the Year" award in this made-for-television family-oriented comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and David Paymer. Mr. D (Reynolds) doesn't just teach history, he lives it; and his passion for the oft-dreaded subject is infectious. Though the kids and the faculty all love Mr. D, biology teacher Matt Warner (Paymer) views the newly arrived educator as little more than another roadblock in his path to take the "Teacher of the Year" prize. The son of wildly popular educator Stormin' Norman (John Astin) -- a man who had achieved the astonishing feat of winning the top teacher award for 43 years in a row -- Matt Warner is desperate to prove his worth as a teacher by following in his fathers formidable footsteps. When Warner learns a secret about Mr. D that could bring the newly arrived teacher down and place Warner directly in position to take the Teacher of the Year title, the entire town of Fallbrook learns an important lesson that can't be taught in a textbook.

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David Paymer
as Matt Warner
Ryan Reynolds
as Michael D'Angelo
John Astin
as Norman Warner
Andrew Robb
as Dylan Warner
Kate Vernon
as Elli Warner
Don MacKay
as Principal Bass
Brenda McDonald
as Maggie Little
Leila Johnson
as Denise Davies
Chris Gauthier
as Vern Cole
Paul Jarrett
as Dan Parks
Asia Lim
as Kylie
Bill Dear
as Astronaut
Lisa Dahling
as Miss Hunt
Lorena Gale
as Matilda Smith
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Critic Reviews for School of Life

All Critics (2)

Dramedy about loss has positive messages, mature themes.

April 26, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

...substitutes overt instances of sentimentality for anything even resembling authenticity and genuine emotion.

October 21, 2005 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for School of Life

This movie leaves you with a ray of hope that there are some teachers that are not disillusioned.

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Ryan Reynolds. Never heard of this, yet I found it to be absolutely fantastic! He is just the best.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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Cast: David Paymer, Ryan Reynolds, Kate Vernon, Andrew Robb, John Astin, Leila Johnson, Shylo Sharity, Chelsea Florko, Jillian Marie, Alexander Pollock Director: William Dear Summary: Stodgy educator Matt Warner (David Paymer) -- who's determined to carry on his late father's legacy of winning the Teacher of the Year award -- suddenly finds himself competing with charismatic new history teacher Michael D'Angelo (Ryan Reynolds) in this made-for-TV family tale. In an effort to smear the affectionately dubbed "Mr. D," Matt tails him and makes a shocking discovery that leads to an uncomfortable self-assessment and an about face. My Thoughts: "A feel good movie with a great message but with a bitter-sweet ending. Good performances from Ryan and David Paymer. The story is about learning what little time we have on this planet so what we do with it better count. The title of the film is very fitting. It isn't about school or teachers, it's about us. How we treat each other how we see each other. What we can do and what we should do. To make something of our lives and don't waste the time we have been given because our time is limited and unforseen. Not a film for most, but one worth taking a look at with your kids."


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