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Part of SFFILM Festival

Bad Education

Directed by Cory Finley

USA | Fiction | 108

19 Apr
Sun, Apr 19, 2020 at 8:00 pm
Castro Theatre
Castro Theatre 429 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114 United States


The moral implications of embezzling from a school district are immense, but that doesn’t stop Superintendent Frank Tassone (Hugh Jackman) or lead accountant Pam Gluckin (Allison Janney) from stealing millions. Turns out that Frank is hiding much more than just financial shenanigans as the so-incredible-it-has-to-be-true narrative unfolds. There are many elements to savor in the film, from Frank and Pam’s sputtering justifications for reprehensible behavior to Geraldine Viswanathan (Hala, Festival 2019) as Rachel, the high-school newspaper journalist who brings them down.

Bad Education allows Jackman to explore the profundity in the petty. As far as financial crimes in America go, former Roslyn school district superintendent Frank Tassone’s theft was relatively minor. (He did steal millions, though.) And yet, there was so much existential squirm behind his actions, this movie suggests, so much want and insecurity and indignant entitlement. It makes for a gripping character study, one that Jackman delves into with his usual full-bodied commitment.” –Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair

Director Cory Finley

Cory Finley is a playwright, screenwriter, and director whose first feature was Thoroughbreds (2017), an adaptation of his own play and a Film Independent Spirit Awards nominee for Best First Screenplay. Bad Education is his second film.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2019

Runtime 108

Country USA

Director Cory Finley

Producer Fred Berger, Eddie Vaisman, Julia Lebedev, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Oren Moverman, Mike Makowsky

Writer Mike Makowsky

Editor Louise Ford

Cinematographer Lyle Vincent

Music Michael Abels

Cast Hugh Jackman, Allison Janney, Ray Romano