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The Faculty: Mr. Lowrey (Troy Schremmer) is a first year social studies teacher with a first class case of the jitters. He stutters and his stilted lectures prove that those who can (as in come from "The Real World" with a technical job) can't necessarily teach. (In that respect he's no Jaime Escalante.) Admirably, he tries to loosen up and change up the lesson plans and delivery. Cell phones and missing chalk all but derail the lessons, but at least his learning curve gets him high marks.
Mr. Jack Stroope (Chris Mass) is an energetic third year history teacher. He spends all his waking hours on his job as many do. Abrasive, yet caring, he's a coach and a tireless tutor who will go out on a limb to motivate his students. He can only be faulted for his self-promoting campaign to become "Teacher of the Year". His new year's (academic year that is) resolution is to give up sarcasm.
Coach Lindsey Webb (Janelle Schremmer) is a second year PE teacher.Read more ›
Meanwhile, a new assistant principal finds herself putting in long hours that alienate her from the faculty she hopes to serve. Many scenes make you cringe; many more make you laugh; often you don't know whether to laugh or cry. While there are small successes along the way, the ambivalent ending is perfect. We now know the truth behind the opening statistic, that 50% of teachers quit in the first three years. Produced on a shoe string, the DVD's feature commentary (by director, cowriter, and producer) is almost as entertaining as the film itself.
I would agree completely with reviewers who are happy to see a movie that doesn't feature a heroic teacher defying the system or smooth, beautiful spoiled teens. This movie works because it's just so...real.
The DVD is worth watching for all the bonus material, especially the director's commentary. The work is almost entirely improv and some cast members are new to acting. The entire film was "in the can" for less than $10K. The narrators point out many small but significant points that most audience members will miss.
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If you work in a public school - you know these people. Very funny!Published 20 days ago by Helen Jackson
The documentary "chalk" was extremely hard and boring to watch. This documentary was almost degrading to teachers and the teachers didn’t have any qualities that I would... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gabby Deden
Some funny moments, but most of the movie was a mixture of cliche and caracature. Teachers will think it's entertaining.Published 6 months ago by Chris duBois
It was OK. Really just seems to touch the surface. The entire purpose of the documentary is to show teacher angst and tensions in a typical urban educational institution. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rick R
"Chalk is a mockumentary about how teachers act in classrooms and behind the scenes. It is really interesting to see the things teachers talk about when students aren't around. Read morePublished 10 months ago by tiana
This documentary felt more like a TV show than a documentary. It showed the struggles of all different kinds of teacher whether it be a PE teacher or an Assistant Principal. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Claire Jensen
“Chalk” is a satirical mockumentary about a group of teachers, most in the first few years of teaching. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Erin Blackford
Chalk is a mocumentary where a group of actors portray the attitudes of high school teachers and administrators. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Melissa Toland
Chalk was about a select group of teachers and administrators at a high school. One was a gym teacher, two were history teachers and another was and assistant principle of the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Emily
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