A portrait of the American education system as seen through the eyes of Henry Barthes, an educator with a true talent to connect with his students, yet has chosen to bury his gift. By spending his days as a substitute teacher, he conveniently avoids any emotional connections by never staying anywhere long enough to form an attachment to either students or colleagues. When a new assignment places him at a public school where a frustrated, burned-out administration has created an apathetic student body, Henry quickly becomes a role model as a teacher who actually cares about the well-being of these students. In finding an unlikely emotional connection to the students, teachers, and a runaway teen he takes in from the streets, Henry realizes that he's not alone in his life and death struggle to find beauty in a seemingly vicious and loveless world.
Adrien Brody, James Caan, Christina Hendricks, Lucy Liu, Blythe Danner, Tim Blake Nelson, William Petersen, Bryan Cranston, Marcia Gay Harden, Sami Gayle, Betty Kaye, Louis Zorich, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Kwoade Cross, Chris Papavasiliou, David Hausen, Roslyn Ruff, Gerald Walsn, Brenda Pressley, Tiffani Holland, John Cenatiempo, Lucian Maisel, Johnny Lu Sze-ming, Alex Boniello, Mary Joy, Ronen Rubenstein, Brennan Brown, Celia Schaefer, Reagan Leonard, Kevin T Collins, Stephen Payne, James Hosey, Justin Campbell, Aaron Sauter, Josh Pais, Doug E Doug, Patricia Rae, Corwin Tuggles, Samantha Logan, Ralph Rodriguez