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Sedgewick Bell, the headstrong son of a powerful senator, joins professor Hendert's class at an elite boys' prep school. Now a powerful and influential businessman he brings the retired professor back into his life and world at a reunion. Now Hundert is faced with the fear that he may have failed the most important challenge of his life.
Drama - It's a rather slow drama with a fair amount of humor and some
heartwarming moments. It's basically the story of a teacher
ancient Roman history to young boys and especially to one
troublemaker. This movie is similar in pace to "The Dead Poets
PROFANITY: 3 S-words, 2 A-words, just a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Boys look at Playboy magazine. Semi nude picture shown. VIOLENCE: None DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None ACTION: None COMEDY: Quite a bit of humor in this rather serious drama.
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Review Good "Students of life-lesson dramas featuring charismatic teachers
who affect the moral development of their pupils are in the wrong study hall if
they think this is Dead Poets Society II.
James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Good "It's a relatively light-weight story that is carried more by
the well defined characters than by plot developments. In the end, we get a
sense that it has all been worthwhile, not only for Mr. Hundert, but for those
of us sitting in the audience. It helps, of course, that the movie confounds our
expectations yet still delivers a positive message.''
Review Good "...None of them have the nerve to venture into the tricky
ethical quicksand of The Emperor's Club. The movie is too methodical, but
it doesn't avoid the hard questions.''
Review Good "This school-days variation is even gooier and occasionally
even tough to take — yet it's so free of mean-spiritedness that softies and
Kline fans (though not many others) might enjoy it against their better
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
As I predicted, most moviegoers enjoyed "The Emperor's Club" very much. This is especially true for adults. You'll notice that as the age of the moviegoer increased so did the rating.
I did expect some to not like the movie because of its slow pace. I guess most moviegoers could tell this would be the type of slow drama it was and were ready for it because there really were very few low opinions.
I highly recommend "The Emperor's Club" if you like this type of movie.
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
I predict that most people will thoroughly enjoy "The Emperor's Club," as long as they go in knowing that this is a slow paced story. I would say it's more for the older moviegoer who is entertained by an interesting and sometimes moving story. Don't get me wrong. In my opinions, this is not a boring story. I found it very entertaining, but I like this type of story. However, my twelve-year-old granddaughter found it very boring and my thirty-year-old daughter didn't care for it either.
Arthur Hundert (Kevin Kline) is a dedicated and inspiring Classics professor
who has devoted his life to teaching at an elite boys' prep school. When a new
student, Sedgewick Bell (Emile Hirsch), the headstrong son of a powerful
senator, joins his class, Mr. Hunder's life is inexorably altered. It is a clash
of wills and personalities as these two people seemingly battle for the hearts
and souls of the other students at St. Benedicts.
Spanning 20 years, the story resumes when Bell, now a powerful and
influential businessman, brings the retired Professor back into his life and
world. At a reunion of his students, Hundert is faced with the fear that he may
have failed the most important challenge of his life - to have been a great