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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lower Learning is funny and a wild ride. From the teachers drinking to
the principal having lobsters delivered to his office, you are in for a
roaring good time. Read more
In Lower Learning, Tom Willowman (Jason Biggs) is the vice principal of a horrid elementary school and does everything he can to stop the school from being shut down. Read morePublished on February 6, 2013 by Rkilla
Service great price great would not give anyone for this movie but service was awesome love working with them will do it againPublished on December 10, 2012 by bernie mcgarry
If you're looking for a fun, no pressure movie that you can just sit back and relax with, this one's for you. Read morePublished on July 31, 2012 by rod674
Lower Learning is Hilarious!!! With a cast led by Jason Biggs, Eva Longoria Parker and Rob Corddry, this movie is a gem. Read morePublished on April 12, 2011 by MovieGirl05
Jason Biggs plays a failed hostage negotiator who decides to take a less stressful job as a guidance councelor at a failing elementary school being run into the ground by a crooked... Read morePublished on April 4, 2011 by Benjamin Arias
This movie was somewhat funny and goofy. I found my self laughing out loud at various things. Spoilers: for example, the principal with his team of white gloved army of elementary... Read morePublished on April 12, 2010 by T Dot