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Teacher of the Year (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 19 June 2016 (USA)
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Surrounded by the eccentric faculty of Truman High School, Mitch Carter wins the California Teacher of the Year award and immediately receives a tempting offer that may force him to leave his job.

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Jason Strouse

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Jason Strouse
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5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Matt Letscher ... Mitch Carter
Keegan-Michael Key ... Ronald Douche
Sunny Mabrey ... Kate Carter
Larry Joe Campbell ... Marv Collins
Jamie Kaler ... Steven Queeg
Jason Sklar ... Lowell Hammer
Randy Sklar ... Clive Hammer
Tamlyn Tomita ... Vivian Lew
Brenda Strong ... Ellen Behr
Caitlin Carmichael ... Sierra Carter
Chris Conner ... Brian Campbell
Eden Riegel ... Jackie Campbell
Shari Belafonte ... Robin Rivers
Olivia Crocicchia ... Faith Gregory
Jonathan Goldstein ... John Collier
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Surrounded by the eccentric faculty of Truman High School, Mitch Carter wins the California Teacher of the Year award and immediately receives a tempting offer that may force him to leave his job.

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Comedy | Drama

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Not Rated
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USA

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English

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19 June 2016 (USA) See more »

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Учитель года See more »

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Lower Merion Films See more »
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At 2:08, 4 students are shown typing in a computer lab, but they are not logged in. See more »

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Lowell Hammer: We're in California.
Clive Hammer: You can stay here at home.
Lowell Hammer: If you don't wanna go all the way out over here, stay here at home. Why?
Clive Hammer: Three words.
Lowell HammerClive Hammer: Weed is legal.
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References This Is Spinal Tap (1984) See more »

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The level of comedy vs. storyline is undecided
4 August 2015 | by rosendsSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film because, as a teacher, I recognized archetypes and situations and felt that the writers had a good sense of the craziness that is teaching in high school. However, I found that the political issues surrounding public vs. private/independent vs. charter are glossed over and dealt with in a single scene, yet they expect intellectual investment from the audience without true discussion.

I also saw a serious rift between two separate aspects in the film. Thee is a serious plot, and a serious subplot. Questions of unions and stakeholders, finances and resources are all there. And, yes, there is a little bit of humor in there. But then there are the supporting characters, the other teachers who are so criminally negligent and ridiculous in what they do that it undercuts any realism in the major story arc. Yes, in a school some teachers are eccentric and if this mockumentary wants to show a teacher singing a silly song in class in an effort to increase scores, then that's great. But then, to show a teacher making students cry repeatedly, or counselors endorsing alcohol and drugs? That makes for a great moment in a complete parody, but not in a film which purports to show the serious side of things.

This film owes much to the Christopher Guest/Harry Shearer/Michael McKean/Rob Reiner school of films. The dry, low key humor and scenes that are just a touch awkward (one character actually references Spinal Tap). But then it also tries to be the movie "Teachers" (Nick Nolte) with its hard moral choices and complex central character and also "Police Academy" with its wacky and zany supporting players.

The good parts were great, the dumb parts were silly, but the movie was not a cohesive whole.


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