The beloved superintendent of New York's Roslyn school district and his staff, friends and relatives become the prime suspects in the unfolding of the single largest public school embezzlement scandal in American history.


Cory Finley


Mike Makowsky (screenplay), Robert Kolker (based on the New York Magazine article "The Bad Superintendent" by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Jackman ... Frank Tassone
Ray Romano ... Big Bob Spicer
Welker White ... Mary Ann
Allison Janney ... Pam Gluckin
Annaleigh Ashford ... Jenny Aquila
Stephanie Kurtzuba ... Carol Schweitzer
Calvin Coakley Calvin Coakley ... Chad Schweitzer
Geraldine Viswanathan ... Rachel Bhargava
Sung Yun Cho ... Joyce - First Agent
Justin Swain ... Shawn - Second Agent
Laura Patinkin ... Irene - Third Agent
Kathrine Narducci ... Sharon Katz
Brent Langdon Brent Langdon ... Todhunter - First Teacher
Tia DeShazor ... Maya - Second Teacher (as Tia De Shazor)
Victor Verhaeghe ... Doug Bressler


A Long Island school superintendent and his assistant are credited with bringing the district unprecedented prestige. Frank is a master of positive messaging, whether before an audience of community leaders or in an office with a concerned student or parent. That changes when a student reporter uncovers an embezzlement scheme of epic proportions, prompting Frank to devise an elaborate cover-up.

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Some People Learn the Hard Way


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Hugh Jackman had shaved his head for a different role before filming started but his hair didn't grow back in time so had to wear a wig for filming this movie See more »


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Frank Tassone: My problem? My problem is you. It's the people who trot their poor children out like race horses at Belmont; who derive some perverse joy out of treating us like low-level service reps. Do you remember the teachers who sat with you, who held you by the hand, who taught you to add and subtract, or showed you Gatsby and Salinger, for the first time? Mockingbird even? Do their names escape you? Are their faces a blur? You might forget, but we don't. We never forget. Ever.
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Masterclass acting by Hugh jackman
4 May 2020 | by AnudeepsambarajuSee all my reviews

A Solid Refreshing Script with Brilliant direction, Hugh jackman gave An Award-winning performance. My rating 8/10.

Bad Education, movie Based on a true story of America's largest school theft, a scandal of 11 million dollars from Roslyn school district. Prime suspects Frank Tassone, Pam Gluckin played by Hugh jackman and Allision Gluckin respectively. Frank Tassone, superintendent of Roslyn district schools who genuinely cares about students, does what's best for their students, remembers everyone's name, and overly concerned about his physical appearance. Pam Glukin is a hardworking, trusted individual. Everything goes smoothly until a student investigates for funds for her school article.

Bad Education is absolutely captivating, for some the first 30 min might seem a little boring, in fact, nothing happens, we don't know what's happening it just builds characters and sets environment, after that movie jumps, instantly hooks until the end of the movie, we see another side of the characters, unfolding the story through student journalist. The screenplay how of the story unravels interestingly wrote by Mike Makowsky. After seeing the movie Surprised to know this is an only second directorial film by Cory Finley, did a good job.

Hugh jackman Easily the best part of the movie, with his charisma, deep acting, facial expressions, as the movie progresses he changes shades of character really given a masterclass acting. Not only in the movie in real Hugh jackman worked as a teacher, and also remembers his student's name, as we all know how nice is this guy. For me, this is the best acting of Hugh after Les Miserables ( 2012), Prisoners (2013). Alison Janney's performance was amazing.

Verdict - A character study of how these two individuals who are reasonably good people, did a bad thing and broke the trust of people brilliantly written and directed. Terrific performance By Hugh Jackman.

Bad Education (2020), Drama/biography/thriller Directed By Cory Finley, screenplay - Mike Makowsky, he was in middle school in the Roslyn school district during this true scandal took place. Cast - Hugh jackman, Alison Janney, Geraldine Viswanathan.

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