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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.

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Pat Mills

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

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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
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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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This high school guidance counsellor exists in the space between caring too much... and not giving a f**k See more »

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Comedy

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

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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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

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References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »

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Game On
Written by Christian Marsac
Courtesy of Audio Network US, Inc.
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Impressive Netflix find
3 July 2016 | by somfSee all my reviews

Pat Mills is a talented funny guy. I had never of him prior to reading about this film on Rotten Tomatoes where they have a great section showcasing films that are currently on Netflix. It sounded interesting and it turned out to be really funny.

Mills plays a former child star with all the clichéd dysfunctional attributes that go with that curse. He apparently has first hand experience, because when I looked him up I discovered that he began his career as a child on a Nickelodeon show,

Mills character David, lies to get his job and then begins doling out the worst advice possible. It all turns out funnier than it should be. At one point the school Administrator's discover his lies and his actions and the film takes a different much less successful turn. I think Mills makes some really bad choices at this point with the character including his turning on his students.

Look, odds are if you watch this close to the date of this post, you are going to go into it with few expectations, and you are very likely to be happily surprised. Almost gave it a 7 due to the weak final act, but gave it an 8 for its' uniqueness.


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