Review: Bad Education
Who's the real sociopath here?
Frank Tassone (Hugh Jackman) is a popular superintendent at a high school in Long Island, New York. He helped get them "all the way up to #4" as he states at one point. He finds himself in an awkward position when his friend a colleague Pam Gluckin (Allison Janney) is caught embezzling thousands of tax payer dollars from the school after an eager junior, Rachel Bhargava (Geraldine Viswanathan) starts writing a story for the school paper on a new construction project. Frank isn't exactly innocent in all of this either..
The reviews for this film at festivals were strong, and I was excited when HBO picked it up because I knew I'd for sure be able to watch it as soon as it came out. It didn't disappoint. Jackman gives easily one of his best performances in this, along with Janney who is wonderful in this role. I imagine this is going to rack up a ton of Emmy nominations.
I wasn't familiar with the real case this was based on and I didn't look into it prior to watching the film either, so I was fascinated as we get deeper into the hole that Frank and Pam dug themselves in. It's a very dark comedy and I'll probably never be able to hear the word "accelerated" without laughing in the future. I almost felt like the film could've been longer, I was expecting more scenes of Rachel investigating and there's really not a lot of that at all. I was expecting her to feature more heavily, though I did have a hard time buying Geraldine Viswanathan as a sixteen year old so maybe it was for the better there wasn't more. She's very good, don't get me wrong, but that's just something that sticks out to me more the older I get.
If you have an HBO subscription, definitely give this film your time.
Memorable Quote: "Don't worry, Frank will fix this." - Pam Gluckin (Allison Janney)