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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bad Education is an HBO movie about corrupt school administrators who steal money from educational funds for their personal use. Characters frequently drink and occasionally smoke, and there are a few club scenes where drug use is implied but not shown. Simple romantic relationships are depicted, but only kissing is shown -- no nudity or simulated sex. Profanity is used frequently, especially "f--k."
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What's the story?
In BAD EDUCATION, Frank Tassone (Hugh Jackman) is a popular superintendent in an up-and-coming Long Island school system. When student reporter Rachel (Geraldine Viswanathan) conducts a routine interview about a massive construction project at the high school, Tassone encourages her to take herself seriously as a journalist, not knowing it will lead her to dig deeper than he could have imagined.
Is it any good?
As far as crime stories go, embezzlement isn't always the most thrilling subject. But Bad Education turns a relatively simple story about an administrator caught stealing money into a compelling drama, thanks to a nimble script and spot-on performances by Allison Janney, Geraldine Viswanathan, Ray Romano, and especially Hugh Jackman as central character Frank Tassone. Teens might not be riveted by the storyline, but parents who have dealt with schools on any level will be intrigued to explore this world.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the school system. Is it unusual to see this kind of corruption?
What are Frank's character flaws? What are the unethical things he does as superintendent? What clues do we have about Frank's motivations? What drives him? Do you think he wants to get caught? Why or why not?
Do you think that Bad Education has something to say about the U.S. educational system or this community in particular? What is it trying to say?
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