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Mr. Hollands Opus review

It’s a feel good movie when you’re feeling down or is disappointed with your parents. A story of a talented musician/composer named Glen Holland (Richard Dreyfuss). He accepted a job as a teacher for music appreciation at John F. Kennedy High School headed by principal Helen Jacobs (Olympia Dukakis). His first 5 months he struggled with the inept ability of his students to learn the basics of music. He then discovered that one should learn music the fun way. Iris (Glenne Headly) becomes pregnant and delivers Coltrane “Cole” Holland. Loosing 90% of the child’s hearing, they enroll him to an institution that does sign language. Mr. Holland had become close with the students in school, and not enough time with his disabled son. He redeems himself by orchestrating for the hearing imp...

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10/21/2009 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

A tear jerkr about a triumphant life.

Opus literally means "work" in Latin. And this affecting tale of a man's life work is one of the best made in recent years.It's a brilliant script. Mr. Holland's passion for life - music, his work, his family - is wonderfully depicted, and contrasted against his own limitations in being able to achieve his goals. When faced with his shortcomings, he does something about them, and in the end triumphs because of it. And having his former students come back and show him how he has influenced their lives is an especially nice touch. The acting is excellent. Dreyfuss is a skilled actor, and he brings a warmth to the part that contrasts nicely with Mr. Holland's less appealing characteristics. Headley gives a sweet performance as a woman who loves her family and stands by them no matter what. T...

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