Stupid but enjoyable
Almost everything about this movie is stupid - a school full of kids who
brawl in the corridors like wild animals and become angelic students in
class who sit up and listen attentively to even the most boring teachers,
cheap mixture of drugs that can soak up several hundred times its own
in water, a high school Biology teacher whose knowledge about marine
organisms would match that of a world specialist, etc, etc, etc. And yet
manages to be compulsively watchable. The direction is actually very good,
and the acting is at least passable. Fortunately it didn't take itself too
seriously (at least I hope it didn't). I was particularly impressed by the
way it pointed out that The Invasion of the Body Snatchers was a take-off
The Puppet Masters, and then shamelessly proceeded to rip off both of
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Very funny an good movie.
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1 word amazing josh harttnet is so cute.
zeke is so sexi .
I've always loved this movie for some reason!!.
This was a good movie I had so many feels in this movie.
I guess this must be a very exciting movie to watch..
One of m favorire movies of all time.
"The Faculty" Is A Lot of Fun!
Teenagers thrive on science fiction and horror flicks because these
renegade movies with their improbable pulp fiction plots appeal to
youthful sentiments about alienation and the lack of power that
juveniles wrestle with in an adult-dominated society. Not surprisingly,
"Desperado" director Robert Rodriguez's clever but derivative creature
feature "The Faculty," starring Elijah Wood, Robert Patrick, Salma
Hayek, and Famke Janssen, ridicules those traditional authority
figuresteachers, parents, and the policewho curtail adolescent
curiosity. As scripted by "Scream" scenarist Kevin Williamson, "The
Faculty" amounts to an entertaining but irreverent hodgepodge of "The
Breakfast Club" meets "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" with a scene or
two from "The Thing" grafted on for good measure. While adults may
cringe at the messages that crop up, teens will revel in this spooky,
sometimes scary spectacle. Inevitably, any movie celebrating a drug
dealer as a hero is bound to arouse the wrath of either the PTA or the
The teachers at Herrington High School in suburban Ohio have started
acting a little weird. Weird enough so that several students suspect
aliens may have turned their faculty into puppets and are using them to
stage a hostile takeover of not only their campus but also their town
and perhaps even planet Earth. Of course, students have always felt
that their teachers come from another cosmos, and "The Faculty" winks
mischievously at this premise. Initially, nobody believes that anything
adverse is occurring, and "The Faculty" unfolds like a hip 1990s'
update of "The Blackboard Jungle" where the kids ruled the campus and
the instructors were the casualties of an apathetic school board. An
early scene invites such a comparison when Principal Drake (Bebe
Neuwirth of "Jumanji") informs her burned-out faculty that only the
football team will get any new funding. Everybody else will have to
suffer. Forget those new computers for the classrooms; the drama
teacher will have to recycle last year's sets, and kiss any field trips
Things take an "X-Files" turn for the worst when Casey (Elijah Wood of
"Deep Impact"), a geeky, non-entity that bullies love to bash,
discovers an egg-roll shaped critter on the football field and lets his
biology teacher, Mr. Furlong (Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show"), analyze
it. Like a gremlin, this squirmy thing mutates after they dunk it in an
aquarium. When Mr. Furlong sticks his hand in the tank, the things
sprouts teeth and rips a chunk out of him. What the students don't know
yet is that the critter has already assailed their hotheaded football
coach, Dick Willis (Robert Patrick of "Terminator 2"), and that he has
attacked the Principal Drake. Furthermore, this parasite thrives on
water, and eventually the entire faculty cannot seem to gulp enough
water. Basically, this critter slips into your ears and takes over your
body, a variation on Jack Sholder's "The Hidden" (1987), but "The
Faculty" parasite adds recruits to its zombie-like ranks instead of
skipping from one host to another like "The Hidden." Insidiously
enough, the alien parasite plans to use the popular Friday night
grid-iron contest to boost its numbers.
Scenarist Kevin ("I Know What You Did Last Summer") Williamson
populates "The Faculty" with a generic cross-section of high school
types played by a talented young cast of fresh but little known faces.
Shawn Hatosy brings humility to Stan, the star quarterback who quits
the team in a fit of conscience to improve his grades. As his
girlfriend Delilah, who heads the cheerleading squad and edits the
school newspaper, Jordana Brewster of "The Fast & The Furious") is
appropriately catty and snobbish. Delilah dumps Stan because his newly
found academic efforts clash with her need for prominence. Wearing more
make-up than Elvira, Clea DuVall of "Heroes" impersonates Stokely, a
moody misfit unfairly accused of being a lesbian. Although Stokely
isn't really gay, she adopts the persona because she refuses to click
with the cliques. Meanwhile, Zeke (Josh Hartnett of "Halloween: H20")
pedals drugs and taboo videos out of the trunk of his GTO, but he
conceals more brain cells than any druggie could, especially when he
duels with his English teacher about poetry. According to the script,
his irresponsible parents have abandoned him, so Zeke has the run of
his house. Finally, as Mary Beth, the new babe on campus, Laura Harris
deploys her designing Dixie charms to ingratiate herself with even the
most dispossessed. No matter what she does, just about everybody shuns
poor Mary Beth.
Nothing is either as simple or as straight-faced as it first appears in
Kevin Williamson's ingenious script. Although the kids have found a
cure, they must solve the mystery of who was first infested so that
they can kill the parasite and free everybody. Complicating matters is
that the alien's army of zombies is multiplying like crazy, and the
enemy has our heroes surrounded, outnumbered, and perhaps even
infiltrated. Predictably, too, Zeke's stash of narcotics runs low, and
the kids have to run a gauntlet of zombies to grab what little drugs
remain to destroy it. Director Robert Rodriguez generates sustained
suspense as our heroes struggle to outfox the elude the alien spawn and
rarely lets the momentum flag.
Bristling with atmosphere, issues, and surprises, "The Faculty"
qualifies as a witty, rip-snorting, reptilian chiller that never takes
itself seriously. Good paranoid thrillers that keep audiences guessing
up to fade out are few and far between. Indeed, the characters get the
short shrift, but action rather than characterization propels "The
Faculty" to its nail-biting finale. Nevertheless, the filmmakers offset
the lack of character development with cinematic and literary
references to genre classics. Stokely and Casey engage in an
illuminating colloquy about sci-fi literature and point out that Robert
Heinlein's "The Puppet Masters" beats Jack Finney's "Invasion of the
Body Snatchers" to the book racks. On the other hand, they reveal that
Hollywood has exploited Finney more frequently than Heinlein. Even if
you abhor horror movies, you might be able to tolerate this playful,