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Carl Reed




Mid 40's


Janitor at Shermer High School, bank robber


The Janitor




Richard Vernon

Portrayed by:

John Kapelos

Carl Reed is a minor character in the film. He is the janitor of the school, a job that he seems to hate.


Carl is first seen in the opening sequence. This appearance is not in person, but in a picture, being shown on a "Man of the Year" plaque, as having that position in 1969.

Carl's next appearance is after Andrew and Bender fight, when Carl enters, mopping the floors, while listening to E.G. Daily's Waiting (1985) through his earbuds. When Carl enters, he warmly greets Brian, who is obviously friendly and respectful to him. This motivates Bender to rudely and mockingly suggest to Brian that "his dad" (referring to Carl; we see Brian's actual dad at the end of the film) works at the school. Then, Bender mockingly asks how one becomes a janitor, and mockingly proposes that Andrew supposedly wants to be a janitor. This prompts Carl to belligerently retort back with how people maybe think of janitors as an "untouchable peasant", and calls the teens "s**theads" (it appears as this was directed at all of the kids due to Allison's glare as Carl says it), as wells as claims to be the eyes and ears of the institution, before claiming that the clock in the library is 20 minutes ahead.

Carl's next appearance is when he catches Vernon viewing the confidential records of the school staff. Famous line "Hey Carl good to see you"--Carl then blackmails him. Before that, Vernon tells Carl that the kids see the former as a big f***g joke, prompting Carl to ask, "Listen Vernon, if you were sixteen, what would you think of you?", meaning that kids are just being kids, and he needs to accept that. Vernon also brings up his fear for the future, when the students are running the country, and how they will supposedly care for him when he is old. However, Carl disputes this, owing how Vernon treated the kids (though he does not mention this reason). He seems to know Brian very well. Towards the ending, he questions his boss as to why he gave the students the "Who Do You Think You Are" essay, because he states, "Listen Vernon, if you were sixteen, what would you think of you?", meaning that the teens are just kids being kids. He appears to have a love/hate relationship with the kids. He is portrayed by John Kapelos.

His last appearance is at the end, when Bender says to Carl, see you next Saturday (as Bender got himself 7 detentions after the current one, via badmouthing Vernon).