Bad Education Comedy

Curving the Grade: A TIFF Review of ‘Bad Education’

September 11, 2019Ben MK

Educators ought to be people whom we can look up to. But what happens when the very same individuals in charge of shaping the minds of tomorrow give in to temptation?

That's the premise behind Bad Education, the sophomore feature from director Cory Findley (Thoroughbreds), in which a student reporter at Roslyn High School in New Jersey (Geraldine Viswanathan) stumbles upon a years-long scheme by the top administrative staff to siphon millions of dollars from the school's budget for their own personal use. As a result, not even the school board's beloved superintendent, Frank Tassone (Hugh Jackman), nor his high-ranking colleague, Pam Gluckin (Allison Janney), will escape from the scandal unscathed.

Based on the true story of the largest theft in the history of the United States education system, Bad Education is a darkly funny and incisive look at how power corrupts — and it's one that reinforces the old adage that truth is stranger than fiction.

Bad Education makes its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 48 min.

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