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Fatal Lessons: The Good Teacher (2004)

A woman finds her life unraveling after she makes friends with her daughter's teacher.

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Michael Scott (as Michael M. Scott)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Erika Eleniak ... Victoria Paige
Patricia Kalember ... Samantha Stephens
Ken Tremblett ... Nick Stephens
Lori Triolo ... Jane Robson
William MacDonald ... Daniel Eliot
Rowen Kahn ... Jack Stephens
Keely Purvis Keely Purvis ... Molly Stephens
Jerry Rector ... Businessman
Dean Redman ... Policeman
Pamela Perry Pamela Perry ... Realtor
Ryan Jefferson Booth ... Detective (as Ryan Booth)
Kava Kava ... Brooks the Dog
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Storyline

Samantha Stephens is a successful illustrator, mother, and wife who seems to have everything. Concerned that her daughter Molly is having trouble in school, Samantha enlists the help of Molly's teacher Victoria in getting her daughter back on track. When Samantha falls mysteriously ill and begins to suspect that Victoria is not whom she claims to be, a series of bizarre revelations lead to a shocking and deadly climax in which only a mother's love can save her family from a terrifying fate. Written by Anonymous

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Official Sites:

Lifetime TV

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daskala me fonika enstikta See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Contrary to the title, none of the family members receive a fatal lesson from the villain, whom they know as a teacher. See more »

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A mother would not leave a pre-teen daughter alone in a home and then have a teacher she had only briefly met be in the home with her. See more »

Quotes

Victoria Paige: [after drugging Nick] You know, for a doctor, you're incredibly dumb.
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Teacher's Pet
5 February 2015 | by JasonDanielBakerSee all my reviews

Gold digging poisoner/femme fatale extraordinaire Victoria (Erika Eleniak) is fresh from her last caper and eying a new one. She adopts a new identity and takes a job in a small town as a schoolteacher.

Quickly she targets a wealthy young couple with two children, one of whom is a pupil of hers. She becomes best friends with the wife and her gullible husband and continues to weasel her way into their lives stealthily threatening all that they hold dear. They come to find that the truth about Victoria is much darker than they ever could have imagined but it might be too late.

Eleniak was Playboy magazine's Miss July for 1989. Often people define her by that title only. But she is arguably the very best of Playboy Playmates turned Hollywood actresses. In fact she was an actress (Child star) before she ever posed for Playboy. That was her in E.T. getting kissed by Elliott in the classroom scene. In feature film roles like Under Siege and Chasers she was more than passable. In this one however she bit off way more than she could chew and it comes off like a bad caricature.

Ex-TV star Patricia Kalember (Thirtysomething) is not very convincing in her role as the wife/heroine. She does not play the role as the classic passive victim we are used to seeing in movies. Her own pro-activeness actually gets her into trouble and allows her to shape the plot.

But she seems to look down upon the material here as well as the production itself. I do not just find her unconvincing as the character she plays. I actually think her distaste for the work she has settled for in this drek comes through despite whatever professional face she may have put on during shooting. She looks like she knows this one was headed direct to video or cable. Could she have known where it really did end up? Specifically, it is being marketed as a discount item for sale in dollar stores by an outfit known as Direct Source Special Products. Can you guess what price it commands? This looks like a TV movie and plays much like any movie of the week has but particularly like the not very good ones. It gives you some idea of why TV movies of the week are looked down on by audiences and often snubbed by actors who are offered roles in them.

The controversial subject matter designed to win over audiences is another one of those Hollywood thriller clichés. Eleniak's character is to teachers here what Glenn Close was to mistresses in Fatal Attraction.

As in other movies made for the small screen much of what is shown is sanitized, the supporting characters are played by no-name actors and the location is British Columbia doubling for the American Pacific Northwest. Casting was actually key in producing the dud that this turned out to be. The no-name actors in supporting roles are no-names for a reason. A non-descript guy portraying a Floridian victim of the title temptress spouts off his lines with an unmistakable Canadian accent.


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