The Emperor's Club While watching beloved teacher William Hundert (Kevin Kline) change the lives of his prep-school charges, you may feel you've seen the lesson plan too many… The Emperor's Club While watching beloved teacher William Hundert (Kevin Kline) change the lives of his prep-school charges, you may feel you've seen the lesson plan too many…
Video Review

The Emperor's Club (2003)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
Kevin Kline, Emile Hirsch, ... | BOARD-ING SCHOOL Kline passes on life lessons in ''Emperor's Club''
BOARD-ING SCHOOL Kline passes on life lessons in ''Emperor's Club''
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 06, 2003; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genre: Drama; With: Joel Gretsch, Emile Hirsch and Kevin Kline; Distributor: Universal

While watching beloved teacher William Hundert (Kevin Kline) change the lives of his prep-school charges, you may feel you've seen the lesson plan too many times before, from ''Goodbye, Mr. Chips'' to ''Dead Poets Society.'' But for all its faithfulness to form, The Emperor's Club is different. Hundert isn't just about challenging intellects; he's also big on honor, integrity, and ethics -- even as he wrestles with those same ideals. A Hollywood movie that contemplates matters of character: How gratifyingly old-school.

Originally posted May 06, 2003 Published in issue #709 May 09, 2003 Order article reprints
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