Bad Education (2019)
April 27, 2020 12:06 PM - Subscribe

A superintendent of a school district works for the betterment of the student's education while embezzling public funds to live the life he wants.
posted by guiseroom (5 comments total)
This nailed all the little things that felt early aughts, including the passing reference to Alan Hevesi, the state comptroller. Hugh Jackman's embodying a character who dances like a middle-aged white guy is one scene that I'll remember. Allison Janney dominates every scene she's in, love her so much.

I found this piece when searching about the intrepid student-journalist Rachel, actual name Rebekah Rombom.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 7:20 PM on April 27, 2020

Bad Education is streaming via HBO in the US.
posted by Etrigan at 6:34 AM on April 28, 2020

This was surprisingly gripping and fun viewing. I had no idea about the story and figured I'd check the first 10 minutes or so, then an hour and 45 minutes later I was looking up the director to see what else they'd done. So smartly edited and beautifully acted, with great music (ok, the classical crescendo at the end was a bit much but the rest - those pulsing, spare notes built suspense perfectly) and excellent dialogue. I love the way it doled out little revealing moments without smacking you in the face with them. Allison Janey and Hugh Jackman were fantastic, and the emotional punch of the story was made more powerful by the understated way it unfolded.

An unexpected gem.
posted by mediareport at 5:22 PM on April 28, 2020 [1 favorite]

A recent episode of the excellent screenwriting podcast Scriptnotes (ep. 448, and there's a link to a transcript on that page, which I'll also link here) has this movie's screenwriter Mike Makowsky as a guest, and they have an interesting discussion about the movie from conception through distribution.
posted by theatro at 6:16 PM on April 29, 2020 [1 favorite]

Allison Janney indeed steals the show. Jackman's makeup is amazing down to the badly dyed hair.

The transition in mood before and after shit starting hitting the fan feels very authentic.

Crazy how much salaries are, already, and that they kept their pensions after everything went down.
posted by porpoise at 10:58 AM on May 3, 2020

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