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Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Thriller | 20 August 1999 (USA)
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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Complete credited cast:
John Patrick White ...


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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Teachers pet gets it first. See more »


Comedy | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie contains an inside joke on 'Barry Watson'. 'Katie Holmes' character last name is Watson and in their class there's a student whose last name is Berry. See more »


When Leigh Ann and Luke are having sex, Mrs. Tingle tries to break free of her constraints. In the close up it is clearly noticeable that there are two different sets of constraints that are not attached in any way, one around Mrs. Tingle's wrists and one around the bed post. The one around the bed post has a loop for Helen Mirren to put her wrists through. The constraints would go back with Helen Mirren's wrist if it were a single piece, but the loop keeps its shape. See more »


Mrs. Tingle: Mr. Churner? Dare I even ask?
[Luke rises from his desk, walks up to the front of the classroom and places a rock on Mrs. Tingle's desk]
Luke Churner: Plymouth Rock.
Mrs. Tingle: Your work, Mr. Churner, is very reminiscent of a young man who sat in that same chair some 20 years ago. He, too, had the words "No future" printed on his forehead... Do give your father my best.
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References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »


At Seventeen
Written by Janis Ian
Performed by Tara MacLean
Courtesy of Nettwerk Productions/Capitol Records
Under License from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Stupid Students Learn Nothing from the Great Ms. Mirren
29 January 2008 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

I was zapping until I saw Ms. Mirren's elegant face. Damn, this woman's hot! I think I missed about the first half hour but seeing the utter crap that this film is, I certainly haven't missed much. This is just another one of those trashy teen thrillers and the only good thing about it is (obviously) Helen Mirren. I loved the way she transforms from mean to vulnerable to manipulative. The character is not the best written character (then there's a whole lot wrong with the sloppy writing let alone inconsistency, plot holes and lack of characterization) but this woman pulls it off with brilliance. Katie Holmes is one of the most uninteresting actresses and she should just stick to that snoozefest soap 'Dawson's Creek' where she continues 'advising' her co-stars. Oh wait, that's been long cancelled, hasn't it? Barry Watson and Marisa Coughlan are equally pathetic. I'm sure the director and the writer hated their teachers which is why they want to teach the kids of today that it's alright to kidnap your teacher and beat her up, no matter how mean she is in class because that will surely get you an A.

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