Film: Renaissance Man
American film released in 1994 starring Danny Devito and Gregory Hines.A down-on-his luck businessman named Bill Rago (Danny Devito) ends up applying for and being given a job as a teacher for the U.S. Army. He soon learns that he has to get his group of students to avoid flunking the class.
Tropes evident in Renaissance Man include:
- Armor-Piercing Question: When Rago is confronted by the company commander over his teaching methods and motivations, he dismisses any prior experience with the military and proudly points out that he carried a sign with a dead soldier's name on it to protest the Vietnam War.Colonel James: What was his name?Rago: Who?James: The soldier on the sign. What was his name? (Cue blank look and dead silence.)
- Coming-of-Age Story: Arguably happens to several members of the class, in particular Tommy Lee Haywood (played by Mark Wahlberg).
- Cool Teacher: Bill Rago eventually transitions to this role after completing the obstacle course to prove himself to his class.
- Death Course: Not a literal example, however, given how Bill Rago looks and the shape he is in, the normal obstacle course may be enough of one.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Sergeant Cass, but he's not particularly mean. It's still not a good idea to undermine his authority in front of the recruits.
- Military School: The film treats the classroom as this kind of a set up.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Bill tries to get Captain Murdoch to look into Hobbs for officer training, but Murdoch ends up finding that Hobbs has a warrant out for his arrest, making Rago feel terrible when he's arrested.
- Non-Giving-Up School Guy: Pretty much a staple of the movie as it came out in 1994, when many movies about teachers were reveling in this trope.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Both Captain Murdoch and Colonel James are nice guys who support Rago.
- Rousing Speech: Done by both Bill Rago and the students. In-universe, the "St. Crispin's Day" speech from Henry V is quoted twice.
- Save Our Students: Done more so as a 'save our Army students' variation.