While everyone wants to believe that the public school system is a pristine place where nothing bad happens and school faculty is the epitome of kindness and virtue, that’s not always the case. But don’t worry, there’s no soapbox speech coming. Just understand that the events that take place in the film “Bad Education” are based in reality and the school system in the US isn’t always the bastion of morals and ethics that you hope it would be when you send your children to learn.
As seen in the trailer for “Bad Education,” the film tells the story of a school superintendent and his assistant, who are both enjoying some record-breaking success and are praised for their outstanding work. However, this all comes tumbling down with an intrepid high school journalist uncovers a financial scandal that threatens everything.
The film stars Hugh Jackman, Allison Janney, Ray Romano, and Geraldine Viswanathan, Alex Wolff, and Annaleigh Ashford. “Bad Education” is written by Mike Makowsky, who based the film on his real-life experience in high school. “Thoroughbreds” director Cory Finley helms the project, marking his second feature film.
“Bad Education” debuts on HBO on April 25.
Here’s the synopsis:
Long Island school superintendent Frank Tassone (Hugh Jackman) and his assistant superintendent for business, Pam Gluckin (Academy Award winner Allison Janney), are credited with bringing Roslyn School District unprecedented prestige. Frank, always immaculately groomed and tailored, is a master of positive messaging, whether before an audience of community leaders or in an office with a concerned student or parent. In short, it seems Frank can do no wrong. That is, until a plucky student reporter (Geraldine Viswanathan) decides to dig deep into some expense reports and begins to uncover an embezzlement scheme of epic proportions, prompting Frank to devise an elaborate cover-up — by any means necessary.