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THE EMPEROR'S CLUB (2002) Adapted from Ethan Canin's short story "The Palace Thief" and set in an all-boys prep school in 1972, this traditionally dressed, old-fashioned drama starring Kevin… 2002-11-22 PG-13 PT104M Drama Joel Gretsch Emile Hirsch Kevin Kline Embeth Davidtz Patrick Dempsey Rob Morrow Harris Yulin Universal
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THE EMPEROR'S CLUB (2002)

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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EW's GRADE
B

Details Limited Release: Nov 22, 2002; Rated: PG-13; Length: 104 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Joel Gretsch, Emile Hirsch and Kevin Kline; Distributor: Universal

Adapted from Ethan Canin's short story ''The Palace Thief'' and set in an all-boys prep school in 1972, this traditionally dressed, old-fashioned drama starring Kevin Kline is as much about the moral development of the adult as it is about his boys'. More so, maybe. Kline does a welcome, restrained job as a prof whose ambivalent relationship with his own successful father shades his teacherly relationship with a senator's kid. Emile Hirsch makes an excellent son of privilege, and Harris Yulin channels the chutzpah of LBJ to steal scenes as a senator for whom ethics are frills for sissies.

Originally posted Dec 06, 2002 Published in issue #685 Dec 06, 2002 Order article reprints