Teaching Mrs Tingle [Blu-ray]
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Leigh Ann Watson (Katie Holmes) is the brightest student at Grandsboro High, but her dreams of winning a college scholarship are ruined when her history teacher, Mrs Tingle (Helen Mirren), falsely accuses her of cheating. Leigh is desperate to prove her innocence, and with the help of her closest friends, hatches a plot to teach Mrs Tingle a lesson. But when events soon start to slip out of their contol, it seems that the students' plan might have a number of comic and unforseen consequences.
The artwork for Teaching Mrs Tingle may feature young cuties Katie Holmes, Marisa Coughlin and Barry Watson, but the real star is the actress playing the title character: Helen Mirren. Mirren is the bitter, tyrannical teacher who, due to circumstantial evidence, believes goody two-shoes Holmes is guilty of cheating on her history final. Holmes, Coughlin and Watson go to Mirren's home to convince her that there's been a misunderstanding, but Mirren refuses to listen. Terrified that this will ruin her chances to go to college, Holmes and her compatriots knock Mirren out and tie her to her bed. Unfortunately, they haven't any idea what to do next; when Mirren awakes, the situation becomes a battle of wits in which the teenagers are hopelessly outmatched. Coughlin and Watson are pretty to look at and Holmes has some genuine talent and a lot of charm, but Mirren--who's played in Shakespeare productions on the stage and been in movies ranging from lurid and trashy (Caligula) to eerie and arty (The Comfort of Strangers) to lurid, trashy, eerie, and arty (The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover)--combines the cutting intelligence of Vanessa Redgrave, the steely will of Judi Dench and a sensual energy that any young starlet would kill for. This teen comedy-thriller is just an amusing footnote in Mirren's career, but if you've never been transfixed by this actress's mischievous sidelong glances, Teaching Mrs. Tingle might provide a good start.--Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Firstly, I like this film. It's not brilliant or overly clever; but I like the performances and I think it's a fun film. Which is why I decided to upgrade to the Blu-ray. Thankfully, I got the blu-ray in the 2 for £10 offer; because if I'd paid full price I would have been very annoyed.
The picture quality is no better than the DVD. This film has definitely not been remastered for HD so there is no reason to buy it if you already own the DVD.
I have the region 1 DVD which has no extras; so I'm keeping this BD as it does have a very brief making of featurette and some brief interviews. Also there is an upgrade in the sound to a DTS HD Master - although it's not particularly impressive.
Miramax really need to realise that sticking their back catalogue onto Blu without remastering is simply going to give them a bad reputation.
The basic plot revolves around three high school students, Leigh Ann, Luke and Jo Lynn and their attempts to get rid (literally) of their History teacher, 'Mrs Tingle', a sharp tongued and mean spirited character who is probably best compared to the Frankenfurter character in the Rocky Horror Picture Show. When she gives Leigh Ann - a usually 'straight A' student - a bad grade which deems her salutatorian, when she needs the A grade that would make her valedictorian and earn her a place in Harvard, she is given the opportunity to cheat, after class failure 'Luke' steals the final exam paper and gives it to her. Leigh Ann is caught with the paper and Tingle threatens to tell the Principal (Michael McKean) about her attempting to cheat, the result of which would have been expulsion from the school and no chance of a scholarship to Harvard. The three of them try to reason with Tingle and regain Leigh Ann's innocence and give her a chance of an 'A' grade but to no avail. After this failed attempt they assault Mrs Tingle and tie her to her bed and begin with the bribes - including threatening her with a photograph they have taken with her in bed with Luke. But will they manage to get Leigh Ann her grade? Or will the 'evil' Mrs Tingle and her sinister mind games have her way...?
This film was completely panned by critics and is yet an above average teen comedy. On its release it tried to masquerade itself as some kind of horror flick but it is essentially a black comedy/Thriller with a few tense moments.Read more ›
That one thing in her way is her History teacher, Mrs. Tingle.
Mrs. Tingle is the teacher of a cutthroat class, in which Leigh Ann is getting a "C" for. The school's outcast Luke snatches Tingle's upcoming test answers, and delivers it to Leigh Ann.
Mrs. Tingle finds it in Leigh Ann's bag and reports it to the principal, who luckily isn't present.
That night Leigh Ann, her friend Jo Lynn and Luke visit Mrs. Tingle's house to reason and confront her.
The conversation ends in an accident. Leigh Ann and her friends clean up the place and carries Mrs. Tingles unconscious body to her bed and ties her up.
She wakes up and the 3 students try and compromise.....
TMT, or What Kevin did after Scream, is a brilliant comedy, come teen horror, come 'look, the Brit is the baddie again!!' that actually rarely loses it's step.
Mirren though outclasses everybody who she shares screen time with, and although the rest of the cast are good, they are no match for he fair dame.
The story is strong, and there are a few very funny moments, along with a few dark scenes.
But the film does fall into Scream territory during the final act, chasing up stairs and people hiding behind doors, it ruins the feel of the overall product.
The irony with Williamson is still there 'Molly Ringwald as a supply teacher? and her career is basically high school rom-cams? Sold!!!' is what he must have thought.
I'm surprised that this did so badly, given the performance and the narrative.
In one sense, it does feel a little like Woodsboro, and IKWYDLS, and thats probably why it failed back in 1999.
But I urge you to see it, it's quite satisfying.
It seems to me that director and writer, Kevin Wiliamson, got confused as to which direction the film should go in. At times it's jaunty when the scene appears to call for menace, and at others just plain boring if the scene was meant to be actually funny (in that sarcastic, almost satirical way). The film could have worked at either being a comedy or a thriller, but the fusion of the two just doesn't work, and this failing has to fall at Williamson's door, it's as if Scream was all a fluke after all? The cast struggle with the meanderingly dull screenplay, only the stoic (and sexy) Helen Mirren salvaging any sort of dignity by realising early on that the core of the film calls for deft nastiness instead of outright villainy.
Poor and practically unwatchable these days. 2/10
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Doesn't load...unable to watch it on my DVD playerPublished 11 months ago by Names don't matter ;-)
Just like other reviewers have said, the quality isn't bluray. It's no different from the standard DVD. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Graeme Robertson
As a Dad its funny but for Mum and the daughter, hillarious. Good for sons too. Not sure about whether its good for teachers?Published on 12 Jun. 2014 by Toby M.
HUGE Scream fan so thought another Kevin Williamson film would be equally enjoyable. Well not quite. But not awful either.Published on 10 Feb. 2014 by BigAl82
I just watched this sorry mess of a film and guess what, it stinks!
Helen Mirren in a good actor and i cannot believe she agreed to be in this film. Read more
I was attracted to watch "Teaching Mrs Tingle" as it featured Molly Ringwald, a star of many of the teenage high school flicks of my era, and I thought it would be interesting to... Read morePublished on 7 Aug. 2005 by Rich Milligan