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Bad Education (2019)

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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 Superintenent" by)
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 6 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »





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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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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Well Done
11 May 2020 | by Diablo1616See all my reviews

This movie is much more than the famous early 21st century scandal and the actors chosen to portray their respective roles are undoubtedly best placed in every moment.

For me, this movie was not just about embezzlement of funds but more than that, the two minutes of agony that Dr. Frank Tassone(Hugh Jackman) had against the system and the world was the highlight. Although shown as a negative character, I could empathise with the actions taken by a public school teacher and how frustrating it is to be a part of a system where people instead of appreciating their mentors, forget and move on in their lives.

The movie is about the mindset that the people in public service develop over-time, which is what compels them to do things that even they consider heinous. A frsutrated person tries to reason out with himself that his actions are justified and this is what drills him deeper into an abyss of negligence from which it is unable to crawl out.

It all comes down to the role that we are expected to play in this world. We often forget the small, yet significant contribution of some people in our lives. That is why we should appreciate the people who help us in becoming who we are today, otherwise the other Dr. Frank-s won't have an option but to repeat the history again and again

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25 April 2020 (Brazil) See more »

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Dolby Digital



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2.39 : 1
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