What a Shame
Reviewer: Kris from Portland, OR United States
What were they thinking? In order to know the depth of stupidity of this film, you must judge it in relation to its contempararies. "Dangerous Minds", "Lean on Me" "Blackboard Jungle" and even the lesser "Hard Lessons". These films present a world in which teachers truly touch the lives of their students. The closest one to this film would be "Lean on Me." Based on the life story of principal Joe Clark, this film definately has a harder edge to it than the other films, and tells of the extreme measures that sometimes must be taken in order to achieve a safe haven. The other films in this list, while good in their own right, the character's achieve their goals rather easily considering the opposition. "187" on the other hand is a revenge fantasy/bloodbath that is ultimately an insult to those who actually attempt to affect change in the forgotten parts of our country by giving hope to those who believed they had none. For those of you who want a meaningful film rent one of the above, for those of you who like this film may I suggest "The Substitute". I haven't seen it, but from what I heard it is another film with a homicidal teacher, at least it might have the action you crave without the ridiculous pretention of "187"