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      TV-14 2000 1h 46m Drama List
      80% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 60% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Dr. Gerard Plecki (Jeff Daniels) is an English teacher at the rundown Steinmetz High School in Chicago. When Plecki accepts the school's offer to become the Academic Decathlon coach, he must fight the rampant apathy and find diligent students to compete. One of these students, Jolie Fitch (Jena Malone), works with Plecki to recruit intelligent kids -- clearly an elusive bunch. Once the team qualifies for state competition, they face a golden opportunity to cheat their way to success. Read More Read Less

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      Nell Minow Movie Mom Rated: 4/5 Apr 8, 2004 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Aug 17, 2005 Full Review Michael Szymanski Zap2it.com Rated: 3/5 Jun 1, 2005 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...Cheaters is more than just movie-of-the-week fodder. Rated: 3/4 Oct 2, 2002 Full Review Scott Von Doviak culturevulture.net Pulls the clichs of the inspirational teacher movie straight through the looking glass. Sep 10, 2001 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member More than what I expected it to be, and while it's never outstanding, the themes certainly shine through at all the right moments. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member perfectly done. casting was fantastic Jena Malone is hot as ever. and Jeff Daniels is hilarious. you cant go wrong with this movie Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member Une très très bonne surprise, loin du teen-movie gentillet que l'affiche laisse prà (C)sager. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member perfectly done. casting was fantastic Jena Malone is hot as ever. and Jeff Daniels is hilarious. you cant go wrong with this movie Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Felix M Ha a ton of potential plotwise, but the fictionalization of too many elements abd romanticizing of a pretty crappy act made this disappointing. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/11 Full Review Audience Member Dead Poets Society for cynics. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Dr. Gerard Plecki (Jeff Daniels) is an English teacher at the rundown Steinmetz High School in Chicago. When Plecki accepts the school's offer to become the Academic Decathlon coach, he must fight the rampant apathy and find diligent students to compete. One of these students, Jolie Fitch (Jena Malone), works with Plecki to recruit intelligent kids -- clearly an elusive bunch. Once the team qualifies for state competition, they face a golden opportunity to cheat their way to success.
      Director
      John Stockwell
      Producer
      Kevin Reidy, Gloria Jean Sykes
      Screenwriter
      John Stockwell
      Production Co
      Nitelite Entertainment, Home Box Office (HBO), De Passe Entertainment
      Rating
      TV-14, R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      Feb 12, 2002
      Runtime
      1h 46m