The school year is beginning again, and all the books and articles I've read and all the films I've seen have created a tremendous backlog.
One film that falls generally into the category of "teacher attempts to use Shakespeare to reach troubled students" is The Emperor's Club. Despite Kevin Kline's masterful performance, the film fell somewhat flat. The clip below has subtitles, which indicates that I watched it at three times the speed—and it seemed a little long at that.
Nonetheless, there's an interesting exchange related to Julius Caesar in the film. I've excerpted an obscenity in the middle of this exchange, but it's a student's attempt to critique Brutus' role in the assassination of Caesar—not in arguing that he ought not to have participated but in claiming that he didn't go far enough. It's an argument that the text itself invites us to contemplate, and this student, however disinterested in Shakespeare, has hit on a good question. Observe:
Links: The Film at IMDB.