Bad Education

Director: Cory Finley
Year Released: 2019
Rating: 2.0

A junior at Roslyn High School (Geraldine Viswanathan) is doing a puff-piece on a proposed SkyWalk project and ends up uncovering a scheme devised by Superintendent Frank Tassone (Hugh Jackman) and assistant Pam (Allison Janney) to embezzle funds from tax payers (and fund their lavish lifestyles).  For clear personal reasons I'll always be fascinated by school scandals - I've been around people who have done very bad things and are in prison (or should be there) - and this one is rather curious, but Finley and screenwriter Mike Makowsky (who went to school at Roslyn and met the people involved) don't delve as deeply as they could have, reasoning that anyone that can have two secret homosexual relationships in different parts of the U.S. surely must be capable of stealing millions to fly first class and spend $10k on dry cleaning (Pam leaves Frank a Post-It note that reads "I'm not the sociopath here").  There's an important scene near the end where Frank finally 'breaks' and lashes at a mother pushing her child into an advanced program that he isn't smart enough for (he accuses her of treating educators "like low-level service reps" ... and he's right) that offers a glimpse of what this could have been but lacked the gumption and energy and desire to keep digging.