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Chalk (2007)

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A movie directed by Mike Akel

Using his high school teaching experience as impetus, director Mike Akel madeChalkto encourage school reform through enlightening viewers to the challenges teachers face. This comedic mockumentary capitalizes on four teachers' frustrations during the … see full wiki

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Director: Mike Akel
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Amusing and Charming Mockumentary

  • May 4, 2011
Rating:
+4

I generally love mockumentaries. And Chalk is no exception.

Chalk's understated and dry dramedy had me laughing out loud a few times in this "look" into the lives of teachers.

A newbie teacher faces his first classroom and flails about. Finally, one of the teens asks him how long he'd been a teacher. After one of the longest non-answers (maybe he has a future in politics) I've ever heard he admits his teaching career can be measured in an hour and some odd minutes. The viewer feels the descending awful reality that this guy may have just signed an emotional death warrant.

Another drama that unfolds within this amusing story is that of the best friend teachers who now have to deal with a big change. One of them has become Assistant Principal.

A third focal teacher is the guy who is just on the edge of still cool. Watching him work through the year is often hysterical, and other times horrific.

Though Chalk isn't going to appeal to those who love action-packed or true-life inspirational, it should appeal greatly to those who love understated and the comedy of every day life.

Overall this is a tame film. A few BS's and a long discussion of what a student called a teacher but with letters vs. the words, and the assistant principal who is finding that her job is cutting into her sex life is as family unfriendly as it gets.

If you are a mockumentary lover, Parks and Rec or Office fan you should give this one a shot.
 

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May 04, 2011
I have this movie at home but haven't opened it :( Thanks for the reminder!!
 
May 04, 2011
I love mockumentaries, as well, but I found this one passable, at best. It was a nice idea; I just didn't find it all that funny.
May 04, 2011
Thanks for the feedback, Trekscribbler...I do have a very quirky sense of humor. You never know with me, actually. Though a good wipeout is almost certain to make me laugh. And there was that poor kid on the skateboard in Chalk. : ).
 
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