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  • Actors: Jason Biggs, Eva Longoria Parker, Rob Corddry, Monica Potter
  • Directors: Mark Lafferty
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FU793K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,960 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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  • The ABC's of Lower Learning: Behind the Scenes
  • Deleted Scenes and Outtakes

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Welcome to Geraldine Ferraro Elementary, where the teachers are drunk, lazy or psychotic, every child has been left behind, and burned-out Vice Principal Tom Willoman (Jason Biggs) is barely holding on. But when totally hot district inspector Rebecca Seabrook (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES’ Eva Longoria Parker) arrives to shut down the school, she and Tom hatch a plan to take back the classrooms from insanely corrupt Principal Billings (Rob Corddry of THE DAILY SHOW). What tragedy in Willoman’s past has turned him into a complete wuss? When are Nyquil shots and boxing matches considered proper teaching tools? How much damage can be inflicted by a bunch of pissed-off 2nd graders? Monica Potter (BOSTON LEGAL), and Will Sasso (MAD TV) co-star in this twisted comedy about the perils of public education and the higher calling to LOWER LEARNING.

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It doesn't mix well -- at all.
JKH
It seems like it was once a hilarious movie on paper (and maybe even on film) but somewhere along the way, the execution was messed up.
T Dot
This is without question the worst movie I have ever seen.
Daniel G. Lebryk

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matt on January 18, 2009
Format: DVD
Lower Learning is surprisingly funny at times... it feels like one big improv skit (And the deleted scenes seem to attest to that theory, as 35+ jokes are thrown out there, and only the best 5 are used), and for this movie, it mostly works. The cast is tremendous, I didn't expect to see so many familiar faces, and most are well-known for their roles in movies like this. The stand out for me, in a field of all of these other comic actors is Monica Potter. She is relatively unknown to me, other than a few movies she has been in, and she manages to deliver some of the funniest lines as a down on her luck teacher who is going through a bad marriage. Much of the comedy of Lower Learning is based on kids "saying the darndest things", but not all of it. The plot of the story is basically Jason Biggs vs. Rob Corddry in a fight to save a struggling school. Also surprising is some of the stuff Longoria gets to do. She has a running gag as a troubled woman who inhales paint fumes, Cool whip can fumes, chews tobacco, drinks whiskey, abuses pain pills and more. When confronted about her issues, she becomes defensive and asks: "What is this Nuremberg?", "What is this Salem"? She actually had some funny lines here, I'll give her credit for that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 23, 2009
Format: DVD
To be honest, I'm not even sure. Part of me wants to give it five stars for the funny bits in it - the kids cussing at the teachers and the positive lesson that the VP learned (to care for kids and all) and the sheer offensiveness of it - and then I want to give it a one star because of that very same sheer offensiveness in there. The positive reviewers are right to like it, the negative reviewers are right to hate it, so I'll give it a 50/50 rating and give it three out of five stars. I can tell you, it's probably not what you would expect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By movementrec on December 6, 2010
Format: DVD
This movie is rated R and takes place at an elementary school so have that in mind while watching. It does take it to the next level and has many scenarios that you would never want to happen at your kid's elementary school, but that's what makes it so funny. Many times comedies are supposed to change it up and take it to the next level. Starring Jason Biggs, who has never had a problem being in comedies with absurd and crude qualities (ex: the american pies) delivers in this movie. Eva Longoria, is quite hilarious in this too. Yes, very attractive too but if you have seen her in Desperate Housewives you already know that she can deliver when it comes to comedy. Then you have the villain.............Rob Corddry. I'd say he steals the movie. If you haven't seen him before he's always a comedic mastermind. Hot Tub Time Machine would not have been the same without his overthetop character. And anything with kids doing something vulgar has always made me laugh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on June 26, 2012
Format: DVD
Rob Corddry stars as Principal Harper Billings at Geraldine Ferraro Elementary. He has been embezzling money from the school district. He has run the school in a manner that would induce failure, so when the school closes down, he can pocket the money. The teachers make Cameron Diaz look like teacher of the year. Assistant principal Tom Willoman (Jason Biggs) gets wind of the plan and with the help of Eva Longoria they plan to save the school.

Some of the humor was disrespectful. The kid dragging a worn American flag across the ground, flying it at half mast, and passing gas as if to salute it, was not the type of humor I enjoyed. The teachers drinking, smoking, dropping the f-bomb in front of the kids and abusing them emotionally...okay that was funny. Will Sasso fans will agree he gave us a good performance as a moping gym teacher who allows his students to have inter-gender boxing until they brain hemorrhage.

There were a number of funny moments, but there were also scenes that didn't work (like the flag scene) which dragged the film down. For those who can't get enough of over the top children being abused scenes, this is your film.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, drinking, drug use, no sex, no nudity.
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Not only did this movie introduce me to Zacharias' amazing song, "I'm in Edukashun," it almost single-handedly (though not always smoothly) paves over the ham-handed attempt at 'inspiring' teachers with films like "Freedom Writers."

Critics seem to have a knee-jerk reaction to dark humor; it's hit-or-miss depending on who's doing the critiquing. Personally, I loved the blithely satirical reality of an elementary school where the students wait on the Principal hand and foot, and offer relationship advice to their lovelorn and emotionally constipated educators. "Lower Learning" allows kids to say the darnedest things, with the added benefit of Bill Cosby being nowhere in sight. Instead, we get the always-funny Rob Corddry, and Jason Biggs/Eva Longoria, who played their parts well enough.

More than the humor, however, I like to think the reality of the educational world is somewhere between teachers like Erin Gruwell and, well, someone who would threaten a student with the punishment of "being tied to Smelly Alice again". In complete honesty, I'm pretty sure more of them tend towards the latter. "Lower Learning," then, lets us actually see ourselves on-screen, or at least the self we would be if our school principal took chocolate baths every day in his office. Somehow, self-awareness makes "Lower Learning" easier to swallow (and a much more 'fun' ride!) than any teaching movie starring Hilary Swank.
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