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Crazy Awesome Teachers

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Quirky but so-so Indonesian dramedy has some violence.

Movie NR 2020 101 minutes
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This movie tries to make up in good intentions for a fairly listless comic tone. Marten works hard to make Taat a likable and clever character, but the effort is a strain and largely unsuccessful. Even when he turns out to have a good heart and to embrace decency, little we see on screen makes that monumental transition believable. An attractive, by-the-book administrator named Rahayu (Faradina Mufti) catches Taat's eye, but the underdeveloped character is given little to do, to the degree that the movie would scarcely be damaged by her complete disappearance.

Note that publicity for Crazy Awesome Teachers claims that Taat discovers the joys of teaching. That may be, but we never actually see that development occur, violating the first rule of good storytelling: Show, don't tell.

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