This a Covid-19 2020 minireview!
“My problem? My problem is you. It’s the people who trot their poor children out like race horses at Belmont; who derive some perverse joy out of treating us like low-level service reps. Do you remember the teachers who sat with you, who held you by the hand, who taught you to add and subtract, or showed you Gatsby and Salinger, for the first time? Mockingbird even? Do their names escape you? Are their faces a blur? You might forget, but we don’t. We never forget. Ever.” – Frank
Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 May 2020)
Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of a school principal who found ways to embezzle millions from the school funds over the years.
Bottom Line – Great idea that doesn’t work as well as it probably could. Hugh Jackman does a wonderful job in the lead role and allows us to care about his character despite everything that he did. The supporting cast is also quite talented and help make things more enjoyable to watch. The second half of the film doesn’t work as well as the first and the unevenness of it all is quite problematic. The film is able to show thee characters in a strange light because we get to see all that they do for their students while also looking out for themselves too much. The fact that such a story really happened,is somewhat mind blowing.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The writer, Mike Makowsky, was a middle school student in the Roslyn School District during the events of the film. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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