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Guidance (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 21 August 2015 (USA)
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Fabricating credentials to score a last-ditch job as a high school guidance counsellor, a boozing, drug-addled former child star becomes an improbable hit with his students by dispensing the worst advice possible.


Pat Mills


Pat Mills
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat Mills ... David Gold
Zahra Bentham ... Jabrielle Crain
Kevin Hanchard ... Principal Newman
Tracey Hoyt ... Brenda
David Tompa ... Scott Howell
David Alexander David Alexander ... Desmond (as David Wontner)
Eleanor Zichy ... Rhonda Langdon
Alex Ozerov ... Brent 'Ghost' Wark
Laytrel McMullen Laytrel McMullen ... Nisha
Ian Matthews ... Mr. Schlitz
Jen Goodhue ... Mrs. Schlitz
Allison Hossack Allison Hossack ... Ginny
Maria Vacratsis ... Ms. Kim
Timm Zemanek Timm Zemanek ... Mr. Ball
Jane Moffat ... Andrea Simms


David Gold, a former child actor with a modicum of fame from that time, is now a thirty-something burnt out shell of a human being. An overgrown adolescent with a warped sense of reality and of his life (including not being sexually active, he probably a repressed homosexual, being gay which most people just assume about him upon meeting), he's broke, can't keep any job due largely to his excessive drinking, has long severed ties with his parents and has just done so with his older sister Ginny in her pleas for him to get professional help for his psychological issues, and is on the brink of being homeless unless he immediately comes up with back rent. On top of everything, he is in denial about a potentially life threatening medical diagnosis. To get rent money and as he feels his purpose in life is to help teenagers being one emotionally himself, he, "borrowing" the identity of a real life counselor he finds online, applies for an immediately need to be filled high school counselor ... Written by Huggo

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21 August 2015 (USA) See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Pat Mills, the writer, producer, and star who portrays a former child actor, was also a child actor. See more »


When David and Gabrielle go on the hold-up spree, they are driving a late-model Ford Focus. When they stop by the side of the road for him to use the bathroom, they are driving an earlier model Ford Focus, and the yellows are different shades. See more »


References Midnight Express (1978) See more »


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Sweet little comdrom !
6 December 2015 | by cekadahSee all my reviews

As the description states this story is about a former male child star who as an adult has become the classic 'boozing, drug-addled former child star looser'. To get his act together and keep his apartment he must find a job. And due to circumstance at the local high school he scores a job as a high school guidance counselor, for which he is totally unprepared outside of interviewing for the position.

After numerous failures as a 'qualified' counselor he decides the best way to help the students in need of guidance is to just encourage them to be exactly who they are! But be the best at it. In doing this he becomes very popular with the students and very unpopular with the resentful fellow staff teachers. When one teacher discovers the guidance counselor's past, he begins to make trouble for the successful counselor. And here is where the movie begins to get both serious and funny.

"Guidance" is a delightful little story with numerous characters you will both hate and characters you will love. The performances are spot on and the storyline rolls along without any boring uninteresting scenes. And please stay with it through the end credits because there is more!

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