Granted, the book wasn't that great, either. It was one of Stephen King's clunkers and they're few and far between, but it wasn't a literary masterpiece. But this movie? I watched the whole thing - really. I watched Stacey Keach do a cameo as the "headmaster". I watched Samuel L. Jackson shriek, "I'm just doing this for the money!" and I watched John Cusack weep, "Look, I know I used to be pretty good, but now I don't know what I'm doing and I spent so much money on this Maybelline eyeliner that I've got to do something with it." Please steer clear of this one. Sure, the acting is good--it's John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. But the story is ridiculous, the premise if foolish, and the resolution is non-existent.