The Faculty (1998) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

This is the 11 millionth remake of The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and the first one with a completely happy ending. 

You know the movie. You all could write the dialogue. 

"Come with me. Join us. In a world of perfect peace. No unhappiness. No rejection. No foul-smelling cat litter ... " 

"No, no. I like the human way.  I believe in the inalienable rights of man. I want to smell the rain and feel refreshed by Dr Pepper. I want to feel the excitement of wondering who killed J.R., I want to visit Six Flags again."  


Laura Harris did a nude scene from the side with a topless camera angle full-on. The side nude is clearly lit, but quite far from the camera. The topless close-up is so dark that nipples are not visible.
 These aliens are always so dumb. I mean they land in some upper-middle class community in Northern California, where everyone is materially comfortable, and striving for self-actualization. The only people they manage to get on their team are the loser guys who look like Evil Ed, who hope to get back for years of brutalization by the football team. One of those guys doesn't exactly make a good poster boy for the program. It's not like the cheerleaders are going to sign up for the Alien Mind Control once they hear Evil Ed is in.

DVD info from Amazon.

  • Widescreen letterboxed, 1.85:1

  • no significant features

Hey, you Aliens, take a tip from your ol' unc. 

Go to places where life is hell. Go to Albania, go to Ngorno-Karabac, go to Kosovo. You won't need to force people or trick people to join you there. They will go willingly into your mind control program.  

The Critics Vote

  • General consensus: a bit better than two stars. Maltin 2.5/4, Berardinelli 1.5/4, Apollo 75.

  • Rotten Tomatoes summary. 52% positive overall, but no positives available from the top critics.

The People Vote ...

  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters score it 6.2, Apollo users 74/100. People like it somewhat better than the critics did.
  • With their dollars ... the domestic gross was a fairly solid $40 million, on a $15 million budget.
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a C. OK genre pic. Watchable and competent, but not innovative or surprising.

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