Teaser Trailer for School Scandal 'Bad Education' with Hugh Jackman
by Alex Billington
February 21, 2020
"I have been doing some digging. I'm… concerned… with what I found." HBO has unveiled a teaser trailer for the film Bad Education, which received rave reviews out of the Toronto Film Festival last fall. The film is a fictionalized version of the true story of the single largest public school embezzlement scandal in history - about schools on Long Island. You can read more about it in this NY Magazine article. Hugh Jackman stars as Frank Tassone, the superintendent caught up in an embezzling scheme involving him and a few of his employees. The cast includes Allison Janney, Ray Romano, Geraldine Viswanathan, Kathrine Narducci, and Alex Wolff. This looks extremely good, oh damn I can't wait to see it. Everyone was talking about this at TIFF last year, and it certainly seems worthy of all that buzz, at least from this first look teaser.
Here's the first teaser trailer for Cory Finley's Bad Education, originally from HBO's YouTube:
Based on a true story, a student reporter starts to trace embezzlement at the Roslyn School District, in Long Island after the assistant superintendent makes a crucial mistake that hints at corruption that spans over a decade. Dr. Frank Tassone, played by Hugh Jackman, serves as the superintendent of the district that he led to be the fourth best in the country. He’s forced to deal with the fallout of this scandal and attempts to protect others— and himself. Bad Education is directed by up-and-coming filmmaker Cory Finley, his second feature film after directing Thoroughbreds previously, and a short film. The screenplay is written by Mike Makowsky. This first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. HBO will release Finley's Bad Education streaming exclusively starting April 25th this spring. First impression? Who's in?
Bad things happen to education when people take for what it isn't. This might be a fun watch ...
shiboleth on Feb 21, 2020
I liked this director's film, Thoroughbreds, and for that reason have some interest in this. However, the trailer turned me off. What's the point of this story? It seems they were trying too hard to be funny and ironic or satirical and it was so obvious it turned me off. I'm not a big fan of Jackson anyway, so I'll pass on this. I can't see it doing very well and is no Election. That was a very funny and poignant film.
thespiritbo on Feb 21, 2020
I think like many shocking stories being turned into films, this is another one that is being told just because it's such a "holy shit I can't believe this is real" story. Similar to I, Tonya, taking a shocking story and creatively twisting it into something much more fascinating as cinema. It's important to share these stories to remind people how horrible others can be, and how careless they often are, perhaps so we can learn to not be that way. Perhaps...
Alex Billington on Feb 22, 2020
Well said, but do people really need to be reminded of how horrible others can be? That's rhetorical, by the way. Cheers.
thespiritbo on Feb 22, 2020
Well, considering society seems to be getting worse every day, yes. I do. Although I'm not sure it's helping... Sadly...
Alex Billington on Feb 23, 2020
and "spotlight" -about the priests sexually abusing people.....powerful stuff. this movie looks just as good- i'm looking forward to it. as far as people changing - i don't expect it to happen.
dan on Feb 22, 2020
Alex Billington on Feb 23, 2020
Looks like a solid performer. The actors here are firing on all cylinders.
DAVIDPD on Feb 24, 2020
Even for a trailer, the fake LI accents are so damned bad to the point of distraction. So Allison Janney talks with marbles in her mouth and gets 'Acting!' accolades?
Movie Bear on Mar 2, 2020
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