Education

Lazy Afternoon Reruns: “‘Teachers’ (1984)”

One day recently, when I was roaming through Netflix, something told me to watch the movie, Teachers,a dark comedy from 1984. I remembered this movie from when I was a kid – I was 10 in 1984 – but since the movie was Rated R, I didn’t see it then. I mainly remembered that Ralph Macchio was in it, and that he played a bad kid this time, instead of the lovable whiner he was in the Karate Kid movies.

So, I watched the movie last night. The story is based around a set of burned-out teachers and administrators at an urban jungle high school that is being sued by one of its graduates who cannot read and write. Nick Nolte plays the main character, a drunkard, burn-out, former-hippie-radical social studies teacher who is now jaded about whether or not he can actually “save” kids and who wants to have sex with the lawsuit’s lead attorney who used to be one of his students . . . but that’s not what caught my interest.

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