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Teaching Mrs. Tingle

By Beth Pratt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Misguided teen thriller -- don't bother.

Movie PG-13 2002 96 minutes
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Based on 2 parent reviews

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One of my favourites

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PG-13 Thriller Has a Bit of Sexual Content.

This Movie has a lot of Sexual Content for a PG-13. Once they tie-up the teacher, they try to blackmail her by taking "dirty" pictures of her. There's a Sex Scene and tons of Innuendo/references. This Movie is a twist on the average teen thriller but isn't very good.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

You can't help but wonder why the acclaimed British thespian Helen Mirren would agree to be a part of this misguided teen thriller. She seems to enjoy portraying a Disney-like villainess, playing mind games with her inept captors. Yet, her efforts are mostly wasted, as the movie has too many implausible events and unanswered questions--apparently Mrs. Tingle never has to go to the bathroom, and why wouldn't she go to the police when she escaped?

Dawson's Creek star Katie Holmes and Seventh Heaven's heartthrob Barry Watson give decent performances. Molly Ringwald, former star of John Hughes high school flicks, gives a noteworthy performance as the school secretary/substitute teacher with a peculiar historical perspective.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 10, 2002
  • On DVD or streaming: April 10, 2002
  • Cast: Helen Mirren , Jeffrey Tambor , Katie Holmes
  • Director: Kevin Williamson
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Miramax
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 96 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: thematic content, violence, sexuality, language and some teen drinking
  • Last updated: February 25, 2023

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