Morgan Freeman portrays Joe Clark, a principal known for his harsh approach to discipline. He insists students sing the school's alma mater. He locks the doors to keep out drug dealers. He frequently clashes with his teachers and dismisses those who dare to question his absolute authority.
Freeman is transcendent in Shawshank Redemption (1994) and excellent in Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Unforgiven (1992), and Million Dollar Baby (2004), but even an actor of his talent cannot save this film.
John Avildsen directed Rocky (1976) and the first three films in The Karate Kid series and should stick to movies about plucky sports underdogs.
The ideas the film endorses about education and discipline in schools is out of sync with modern ideas. It's interesting to observe how different modern attitudes are from those held only a quarter century ago, but the movie isn't very good.