Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Thriller  |  20 August 1999 (USA)
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The story of a girl who is willing to do anything to become Valedictorian, even if it means murdering the teacher that stands in her way.


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Leigh Ann is salutatorian when she needs to be valedictorian to get her scholarship to Harvard. The only class she is worse than the leader in is history, taught by Mrs. Tingle, and the teacher hates her. When an attempt to get ahead in Mrs. Tingle's class goes awry, mayhem ensues and friendships, loyalties and trust are tested by the teacher's intricate mind-games. Written by <fichaud2000@hotmail.com>

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For twenty years, Mrs. Tingle has terrorized her students. This year, three of them are going to teach her a lesson. See more »


Comedy | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for thematic content, violence, sexuality, language and some teen drinking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 August 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Killing Mrs. Tingle  »

Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,326,870 (USA) (20 August 1999)


$8,946,237 (USA) (1 October 1999)

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The film was originally to be called "Killing Mrs. Tingle". The events on 20 April 1999 at Columbine High School (Littleton, Colorado, USA) in which 13 people were murdered by two of their own classmates, prompted the name change. See more »


On the night the kids go to Mrs. Tingle's home, Mrs. Tingle's robe opens and closes repeatedly between shots. See more »


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Helen Mirren Teaches Acting
2 January 2000 | by (Atlanta) – See all my reviews

This isn't a dreadful film, merely insipid. The plot is deeply flawed and implausible. It tries to be a number of genres and fails at each. It fails as a comedy, as a suspense thriller and as a horror movie. It almost succeeds as science fiction. The direction is uninspired and Katie Holmes, cute cherub face that she is, should be modeling teen clothing, not acting. The only thing that keeps this movie from being a 1 out of 10 is Helen Mirren. Her performance is fabulously nefarious and is (almost) worth suffering through the rest of it. Her ability to transmute from imperious to faux sympathetic to deviously manipulate and control her prey shows masterful range. Other than Marissa Coughlin's delightful Exorcist rendition, Mirren is the only reason to see this movie. A solid 3.0.

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