Directed By: Steven Pearl
Starring: Treat Williams, Chuck Jeffreys, Eugene Byrd, and B.D. Wong
The Substitute 2 is decent but not as good as the third one. Treat plays Karl Thomasson, a mercenary who infiltrates a school full of ruffians and drug dealers. It's just like the predecessor but cheaper.
I'm one of the biggest Treat Williams fans. I will watch basically anything with him in it (except Miss Congeniality 2). This is a good showcase for him, but the DTV-style script lets him down. B.D. Wong plays the shop teacher - wait for it -who's evil! His role is uneven and underdeveloped. A standout moment is when Karl whips into his bratty students into shape with, what else, a deadly yo-yo! The movie needed more creative ideas like this, but unfortunately there's no funny lines like "No Talking In The Library" to make up for the lack of inventiveness.
A good tagline could be: "Class Dismissed....Permanently"
If you like DTV Treat, this a good start, but The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All (1999) is the best one of this series.
Comeuppance Review by: Ty
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