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THE EMPEROR'S CLUB

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The Emperor's Club

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
104 minutes
Limited Release Date:
11/22/02
performer:
Joel Gretsch, Emile Hirsch, Kevin Kline, Embeth Davidtz, Patrick Dempsey, Rob Morrow, Harris Yulin
director:
Michael Hoffman
distributor:
Universal
author:
73965
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B

Adapted from Ethan Canin’s short story ”The Palace Thief” and set in an all-boys prep school in 1972, this traditionally dressed, old-fashioned drama starring Kevin Kline is as much about the moral development of the adult as it is about his boys’. More so, maybe. Kline does a welcome, restrained job as a prof whose ambivalent relationship with his own successful father shades his teacherly relationship with a senator’s kid. Emile Hirsch makes an excellent son of privilege, and Harris Yulin channels the chutzpah of LBJ to steal scenes as a senator for whom ethics are frills for sissies.

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