Truthful and funny in the style of the BBC series The
Office, this indie mockumentary follows four young teachers through nine
months at a fictional public high school in Austin, Texas, wickedly
satirizing all the problems of the profession: insulting kids, difficult
co-workers, crushing workloads. Mike Akel and Chris Mass, improv artists who
have both taught in Austin, conjured up the script in 6 a.m. sessions before
the school day kicked in and drew on a lively bunch of students and
colleagues to cast the classroom and teachers' lounge scenes. Mass, Janelle
Schremmer, and Shannon Haragan all give good performances, but especially
noteworthy is Troy Schremmer as a first-year history teacher who makes
every mistake in the book and whose students eat him alive. Akel directed.
PG-13, 85 min.
Director: Mike Akel
Writer: Mike Akel and Chris Mass
Cast: Jeff Guerrero, Shannon Haragan, Chris Mass, Janelle Schremmer, Troy Schremmer and Jeffrey Travis