Killing Mr Griffin
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Most of the book's characters are the same in the movie, except for Tori and Bree (Mindy Spence and Jennifer Hammon), who are kind of a combination of Betsy Cline, the cheerleader in the book. Tori is probably the closest thing to Betsy, though--she's basically a blonde rah-rah. But in the movie, Tori is Mark Kinney's (Scott Bairstow) girlfriend, whereas in the book, Mark was pretty much a loner. He's also much more popular and charismatic in the movie--and not all that bad-looking either. ;)
The remaining two guys, Dave Ruggles (Mario Lopez) and Jeff Garrett (Chris Young), act as Mark's sidekicks, but Dave is more in the spotlight than Jeff, because he's the one to lure Susan into their kidnapping scheme. Michelle Williams from "Dawson's Creek" even makes a few appearances as Susan's close friend, Maya (another made-up character for the movie).
If you've read "Killing Mr. Griffin" by Lois Duncan, then you might want to give this movie a try. In my opinion, it's much better than the book. It's more organized plot wise, has good character development and a somewhat better ending. Rated PG-13 for some violence and sensuality.
For most people that have seen the movie and read the book probably think I'm crazy. I've heard many times that the movie is NOTHING like the book.
Even Lois Duncan liked it herself and was proud to have her name on it.
The movie follows a silent, shy girl named Susan that is far from popular. She daydreams about David, a popular boy in what I call the "in-crowd". Things start heating up when Mr. Griffin, a tough, no-nonsense teacher, brings the in-crowd to their knees. Play time and slacking is over when you hit his classroom.
Of course, the in-crowd doesn't like it and the leader, Mark, convinces the others in the group (ala followers) to play a...vengeful prank on Griffin: kidnap him and make him crawl like he does to his students. But they need a decoy: Susan, who is one of Griffin's better students. Susan, dazzled by the attention of the in-crowd and David, falls into their whims and agrees to help with the prank. But things suddenly go wrong. Yep, of all things Griffin ends up dead by accident--or is it? Now the rest of the movie the group tries to cover up the crime. But, of course, their plans go wrong.
The movie, I believe, captured the essense of Lois Duncan's original novel. It has some differences (major to minor), but the point of Duncan's book is there. Unlike like other movies based on Lois Duncan's novels, (I Know What You Did Last Summer and I've Been Waiting For You for example) Lois Duncan's point of writing the original novel is not thrown away to make a cheap teen slasher flick. And that alone gets kudos in my book.
Rent it and see.
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This is a grate movie. I saw it back when it aired on tv. Very dark but well done story line.Published 2 months ago by Lawson Allen
I don't quite understand why they made the changes they did to this film (i.e. Mr. Griffin's first name. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Philip Scholz
The video was new and came very fast. It did not follow the book at all, but that was a director's choice.Published on April 19, 2013 by babsmuri
I was disappointed in this movie as it was a copy and not an original DVD. I can only play it on certain machines as my laptop can't read it. For $30. Read morePublished on March 25, 2012 by Hsepia
I have used this video after reading the book in my Literature class. The many decisions made by all the people in the book, make for a lively discussion. Read morePublished on July 1, 2011 by Katherine Latasa
Movie was okay but we bought it to go along with the book and there are hardly any similarities. Good movie to use to talk to teens about peer pressure.Published on May 25, 2011 by KLR, WY
The product was well used but this is only to be expected as it was an ex rental tape. I paid for express delivery which the supplier did but the US postal service was pretty... Read morePublished on November 12, 2010 by Amazon Customer
Killing Mr. Griffin is an amazing movie that keeps you wondering up until the very end. The movie is as good as the book itself!!Published on July 13, 2007 by C. Gentile
The movie is awesome as far as tv movies go. Amy Jo was amazing, definitely proved how talented she is...a definite plus for amy jo fans! Read morePublished on July 25, 2006 by Malachiyah Epperson- Adams
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