“When I see that kind of perversion in this here high school, you can bet your sweet ass I’m stoppin’ it!”
The lead protagonists are given no backstory whatsoever, and — needless to say — are entirely unconvincing as student teachers:
Meanwhile, the subplot about a “secret” rapist (his identity is actually fairly obvious) is handled with a disappointing lack of taste, especially given director Jonathan Kaplan’s later, more serious foray into the topic (perhaps he was trying to atone for this earlier mess!). A quick scan of user comments on IMDb reveals that most folks who’ve stumbled upon The Student Teachers (it’s hard to find) enjoy it as an irreverent time capsule, but I was simply bored and offended. Watch for Chuck Norris as a karate instructor, and Dick Miller as Coach Harris.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments: