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School of Life - Chicken Soup Version (2005)

David Paymer , Ryan Reynolds , William Dear  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Paymer, Ryan Reynolds, John Astin, Andrew Robb, Kate Vernon
  • Directors: William Dear
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Screen Media
  • DVD Release Date: April 13, 2010
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0034C22RU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,317 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "School of Life - Chicken Soup Version" on IMDb

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Ryan Reynolds lights up the screen as the charismatic and hip Mr. D, a teacher whose lessons extend far beyond the classroom. A heartwarming tale of learning to appreciate every moment we're given, this film is a funny and touching story about life in sch

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!! February 18, 2006
Like another reviewer mentioned, I was also not expecting great things from this movie. But I was completely surprised. If you ever want proof how a relatively low budget movie blow away movies with a 100 million price tag, look no further. The reason is simply extraordinarily good writing, and a good cast as well.

The movie really illustrates how important it is to live your life the best you can, while you can. It's a similar movie to, but far better than, "Dead Poets Society". The story focuses on a boring, socially awkward junior high biology teacher who is very unpopular with his students, and not highly respected by his son. He has also been living in the shadow of both his father (who was the most popular teacher in his school's history) and a new teacher at the school with an unorthodox style that is stealing all the student's attention. The story focuses on how this man finally breaks out on his own, and turns his life around. Whether he acts like a jerk, or becomes the hero, you will cheer him at every step.

The movie is not perfect and includes the "nerdy guy gets the popular girl storyline", which is a cliche you see too often in films about school life. But you really have to nitpick to find the few flaws. Its probably the best high school film ever made, and a film you won't forget anytime soon.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
SCHOOL OF LIFE is an original ABC Family television movie which aired in 2005, and, until I saw my brother's dvd copy, I had never heard of it. I popped it in, thinking that it might be an interesting movie, given that I get a kick out of watching the always entertaining Ryan Reynolds. But, like most of the reviewers here, I wasn't counting on this film reaching me on a richer, more emotional plane.

David Paymer is great as Matt Warner, the insecure, fussy middle school biology teacher who's forever lived in the shadow of his father, Stormin' Norman Warner (John Astin), himself a teacher at the same school and who had won the annual, student-voted Teacher of the Year Award for 43 years running. Now Matt has a teenage son named Dylan (Andrew Robb, who provides the film's voice-over narration) who frequents the same school, with whom Matt struggles to connect. Like most kids, Dylan is embarassed of his dad, who he thinks is a geek. When Stormin' Norman passes away, Matt promises Dylan that, this year, he'll win the Teacher of the Year trophy. That plan is immediately placed in jeopardy with the opening school day intro of new history instructor, Michael D'Angelo (Ryan Reynolds). The cool and funny D'Angelo, with his unorthodox teaching methods and a life philosophy that go beyond classroom restrictions, promptly wins over the students and earns him the honorific of "Mr. D," much to Matt Warner's dismay.

The film then adopts a sit-com plot at length as Matt, jealous of Mr. D's popularity and seeing his chances for the Teacher of the Year Award circling down the drain, manically attempts to gain some dirt on the guy. What he discovers about D'Angelo, instead, shocks him and sobers him up fairly quickly, forcing him to re-evaluate not only his feelings about Mr.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I had to say, I bought the movie for Ryan Reynolds; I love his work, and have seen some of his older things and quite enjoyed them. That being said, I didn't expect this level of depth from either Renolds's character or the movie in general, but you get more than you pay for. I loved it, and would suggest that everyone watch, and most will enjoy, this film.

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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teachers: Good, Bad and the Ugly July 9, 2006
"School of Life" is a sweet little dramatic comedy, full of things to laugh, smile and think about.

Dylan Warner (Andrew Robb) is a pretty average but awkward junior high kid. He has his classes, he has his friends, he plays sports and he has a crush on a girl who's way too pretty and confident for him (played by Shylo Sharity) But he's different from the other kids in a couple of ways. His grandfather (John Astin) is a teacher at his school, and so is his father (David Paymer). His grampa, Stormin' Norman Warner is a warm, popular teacher, who has won the Most Popular Teacher award for decades, while his Dad, Mr Warner, is a strict, stressed and uptight teacher of biology. One sad day, his grampa dies, in the middle of accepting yet another most popular teacher award. In his grief, Mr Warner promises to win the award the next year, to honor his father, Stormin' Norman. He tries to be something the students like, but being as uptight and strict as he is, his efforts aren't that successful. The winner of the award this year is more likely to come to Michael D'Angelo (Ryan Reynolds), - "Mr D." to his students, his fellow teachers and even his friends. He's a history teacher: young, charismatic and fun. Most importantly of all, all students under him all get top grades in the standardized tests. Mr Warner is jealous and baffled, why does everyone like this guy so much? Mr Warner tries to outdo Mr D, tries to sabotage him, follows him home, tries to dig up dirt on him. The only thing he manages to do is get his son humiliated in front of his friends. Still, Mr Warner keeps digging, and eventually stumbles upon something Mr D has been keeping a secret, and it breaks Mr Warner's heart when he finds out just what that secret is.

I'm a sucker for films about school, I really am.
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Published 9 days ago by MMW
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoy this movie very much and have watched it several times.
Published 1 month ago by Cynthia R. Kauffunger
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful movie. Very touching and inspiring
Beautiful movie. Very touching and inspiring. if you need something heartwarming, honest, and uplifting then this is a movie for you to watch and buy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Karenlynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Middle School Forever
Okay, it's not completely realistic and coaches will not appreciate Mr. D's philosophy that losing a game is just as good as winning it, but overall this is a touching presentation... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Neb42
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie for whole family!!!
I really enjoyed this movie and feel like more teachers should watch it. I had a teacher like Mr. D. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cheryl J. Byington
5.0 out of 5 stars Chicken Soup
I really liked this movie a lot but it is very sad that he passed away in the movie with lung cancer!
Published 7 months ago by Capital One Platinum
5.0 out of 5 stars Love movie
Great movies and amazing quality. I a very happy customer ;). Hope you get more buyers. Money very we'll sent ;). $$$$$$$$$$$$. Bye.;)
Published 8 months ago by Janessa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!!
This movie has a great story line and Ryan Reynolds keeps you on your toes, its another great movie for an aspiring teacher to watch and too learn from a teacher who enjoys what he... Read more
Published 9 months ago by L. C. Crider
5.0 out of 5 stars School of Life--Chicken Soup version
I rented this movie from Netflix and really enjoyed the whole lesson in acceptng who you are and not trying to play into someone else's ideas of who you should be. Read more
Published 13 months ago by bonnie eckstrom
5.0 out of 5 stars this movie rocks!
If there is ever any more reasons to fall in love with Ryan Reynolds, this movie is it!!! I love the story behind this, and the character he portrays. This movie is amazing.
Published 16 months ago by S. Bennett
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