The Principal
The Principal (1987)

As punishment by the school board for an embarrassing incident, an unconventional schoolteacher is assigned to serve as principal of the city's most dangerous high school. His maverick ways prove to be just what the school needed, as he… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: September 18, 1987
DVD Release Date: July 30, 2002
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Critic Score: 50% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

I'd like to see Morgan Freeman take over THIS school.

Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide

Bypasses heart-warming stuff completely, going instead for macho yelling and simple two-word slogans. Class dismissed.

Douglas Pratt

James Belushi is great in The Principal, whether he is giving a speech, throwing out a one-liner, or just raising an eyebrow.

Caffeinated Clint

Violent, but still darkly humorous, Christopher Cain's "The Principal" takes the old 'new teacher comes to rough high school and takes out the garbage' theme and adds Belushi's renowned sense of wit and likeability.

Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

An arresting drama starring likable Jim Belushi as an antihero principal trying to clean up a violent, drug-infested high school. Won't be a favorite of ACLU members.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Exciting movie, entertaining and sometimes funny, The Principal, have the potential to be a good film. Problem: not so great direction and script.
Lee Kyle
This is one of the movies where you get to see James Belushi as a tough guy so I suggest you take a look at this teacher who takes no b.s. at his new job at a… More
Aj V
A horrible movie about a horrible school and the horrible teachers who do horrible things to the students to try and enforce some rules. I hated this movie.
Lea Lea
great james belushi film..
Steve K
Another guilty pleasure from the 80's.