49. The Faculty (1998)

Director: Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Josh Hartnett, Jordana Brewster, Elijah Wood, Clea DuVall, Laura Harris, Shawn Hatosy, Usher Raymond, Salma Hayek, Robert Patrick, Famke Janssen, Christopher McDonald, Bebe Neuwirth
Lesson Learned: In case of an alien invasion, consult with your school's nerdy social pariah, not the cool kids.

No matter how under-qualified they may be, teachers rule every school. A gym teacher laughs whenever you're out-of-shape ass gets picked last during kickball team drafts? The principal is going to take Mr. Buzzcut's word over yours, most likely. That overweight English professor says she won't give you the well-deserved A-grade unless you, well, ace her private exam? Good luck trying to convince the higher-ups.

So just imagine if you and your geeky pals tried informing the world that your teachers have been inhabited by evil aliens, hell-bent on turning every student into a mindless vessel of extra-terrestrial domination. The guidance counselor would have to work overtime.

That's the central dilemma for the motley crew of teens (the jock, the brain, the nerd, the outcast, and the rebel) at the center of Robert Rodriguez's goofy sci-fi homage The Faculty. Basically a Scooby Doo adventure set against a teen angst backdrop, Rodriguez's flick acknowledges its us-versus-them aesthetic, but, fortunately, it's more concerned with its genre kicks and admittedly so-so CGI effects. More fun than superlative, The Faculty is Invasion Of The Body Snatchers for an American Pie generation.

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