YMMV / The Faculty

  • Evil Is Sexy: The teachers all dress a lot more sharply after they fall under the aliens' control. It's most noticeable with Miss Burke, who was a Shrinking Violet before getting infected and turning into a sexpot, but it applies to all of them.
    • Delilah as well, to a lesser extent. The class Alpha Bitch and easily the hottest girl in the school.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Drugs Are Good, since they can kill aliens and help you find the enemy in your midst!
    • If you don't fit in with everyone else, don't be yourself, just take off that goth makeup and get a cooler haircut. Then you'll get to start dating the cool kids!
  • Genius Bonus: Early in the film, after being begged by Mrs. Olsen for the (nonexistent) funds to put on a musical, Principal Drake suggests recycling the sets from Our Town to save money. As any theater geek (such as Drake's actress, two-time Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth) would know, Our Town doesn't use a set. This makes Drake seem even more callous and unconcerned about anything other than the football team — she either couldn't have been bothered to see her own school's theater production (the only way she wouldn't have known that fact), or she just told Mrs. Olsen to fuck off.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: One scene in this film involves a character shooting his high school principal in the face. This film was released four months before Columbine.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Seventeen years later, Elijah Wood would star in Cooties, in which he would once again be up against evil monsters at a school — only this time, instead of a student fighting alien-infested teachers, he'd be playing one of the teachers battling zombified students.
  • Hollywood Homely / Hollywood Nerd: Famke Janssen as Miss Burke, before she gets infected.
  • Memetic Mutation: It's now become common practice to show Jon Stewart's death scene in this movie for stock footage relating to him. Sometimes it's unrelated to what's being talked about.
  • Misaimed Fandom: This crossed with Moral Guardians. Some reviewers or concerned parents see this film as advocating chemical stimulants. It isn't, really, as the obvious negative effects are shown, but it doesn't help that the one way to prove you're not infected, which is used many times in the film, is to snort a substance that looks and even behaves like cocaine.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: Though the tropes are obviously Older Than They Think, to a late '90s teen audience it could basically be seen as "Animorphs the Movie", without the super-powered heroes. The Aliens in the film are even shown to be slug like creatures that live in water, and possess their hosts by entering through the ear.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: One could potentially call this Creator/MTV's Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Between the soundtrack (including The Offspring and Layne Staley), the actors (teen Elijah Wood, Clea Duvall, and Josh Hartnett), the lack of cell phones, the blocky computers, the writer Kevin Williamson, and the Post Modern self-aware feel, this movie can easily be placed in the late '90s.
  • The Woobie: Mrs. Brummel, the elderly teacher who ended up dying rather painfully because the parasite placed inside her wasn't able to take over due to her illness.
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