Michael Sauter
May 09, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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
Neil Tolkin
genre
Drama

We gave it a B+

While watching beloved teacher William Hundert (Kevin Kline) change the lives of his prep-school charges, you may feel you’ve seen the lesson plan too many times before, from ”Goodbye, Mr. Chips” to ”Dead Poets Society.” But for all its faithfulness to form, The Emperor’s Club is different. Hundert isn’t just about challenging intellects; he’s also big on honor, integrity, and ethics — even as he wrestles with those same ideals. A Hollywood movie that contemplates matters of character: How gratifyingly old-school.

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