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My Teacher's Wife

3.3 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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Todd's plans to attend Harvard are about to be crushed by his tyrannical calculus teacher unless he can pull off a major miracle. He soon gets caught up in a romance with his gorgeous math tutor. Things become complex when he discovers she's the wife of his nemesis teacher.

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Released in 1995 under the title Learning Curves, this derivative comedy is so uninspired that you'll have to stifle a dozen yawns while watching it, and it goes through all the familiar motions with a plot about a high school senior (Jason London) who needs some math tutoring to improve his odds of getting into Harvard. It just so happens that the beautiful babe who tutors him (Tia Carrere of Wayne's World fame and little else) is also the neglected, lovelorn wife of his math teacher (Christopher McDonald), and she's willing to give him more than a few math lessons. (Can you say "predictable"? Knew you could!) Tepidly directed with all the subtlety of an anvil to the skull, the movie gets a much-needed boost from its appealing cast (indeed, Carrere shows some actual talent here, leaving the peekaboo nudity to an obvious body double), and North Carolina locations add some relaxing visual charm. And because London's character is an aspiring cartoonist, typically wacky animations by Bill Plympton are used as semiclever linking devices. Still, you'd have to be very forgiving--or an obsessive Tia Carrere fan--to consider watching this lightweight snoozer more than once. --Jeff Shannon

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  • Actors: Karyn Beach, Joanna Canton, Tia Carrere, Caroline Crumpler, Ira David Wood III
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 1999
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630529108X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,415 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Format: DVD
To paraphrase Thora Birch: "I kind of like this movie. It's the exact opposite of everything I hate in a film".

This obscure film was too low key and intelligent to get a theatrical release, any chance for success would have needed a costly promotional campaign. And a coming of age story where nothing spectacular happens - where instead the focus is on character development, has a limited target audience. Whoever heard of a mature teen movie?

But if you have an opportunity to see this or if you can part with a few bucks for the DVD, you could do a lot worse. "My Teacher's Wife" is nothing revolutionary but it has a lot going for it and holds up well to repeated viewings.

Jason London (as high school senior Todd Boomer) is the star and fits this character as well as his parts in "The Man In the Moon" and "Dazed and Confused". He is helped out by exceptional work from his supporting cast. Tia Carrere in the title role is a revelation (she can act) as Todd's calculus tutor and love interest. Christopher McDonald as the teacher in a nice self-parodying performance. Zak Orth and Alexondra Lee as Todd's best friends, and Jeffrey Tabor as his father.

As someone commented earlier, this is a "mature" teen movie because the romantic relationships are universally unsuccessful-at least by traditional happy ending standards. Even Todd's parents are indifferent to each other, with his father panting after the title character and his mother (Leslie Lyles) literally on the telephone during her entire time on screen (a device that provides increasing comedy relief with each successive appearance). The London-Carrere romance has unexpected charm and is far more believable than any other older woman storyline you are likely to find.
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Format: DVD
You could do a lot worse than to pass a rainy afternoon viewing this delightful teen comedy. Director Bruce Leddy makes an impressive directorial debut, extracting good performances from his ensemble cast (this is the best work Tia Carrere has ever done!), and staging some impressively blocked scenes. Look for the big "revelation" scene between Jason London, Chris McDonald and Tia Carrere. Very nice indeed. Special marks also go to the film's cinematography. At times it recalls the work of Gordon Willis on Woody Allen's color films. Also look out for newcomer Zak Orth as London's sidekick. Why is this kid not a star? Overall, fun flick, good looking DVD transfer (also includes Theatrical trailer and cast notes), and nice soundtrack. Worth a look. A very pleasant surprise.
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As fall rapidly approaches Sid will be embarking on the usual influx of horror films to watch and review, which is only right for the time of year. However before that happens we felt it necessary to squeeze in a film that contains the acting prowess of the legendary Shooter McGavin, Randall Floyd, and Cassandra Wong.....you remember Cassandra don't you? What a babe...she'd give a dog a bone Just by looking at the VHS cover you can tell that you're in for the typical 90's B fest starring a cast of characters who were at the pinnacle of their careers, despite this going straight to video. Oh they're getting closer every time. When pondering if this would a good choice to view the answer was undoubtedly "Yes Yes" in the perfect Richard Simmons soundboard voice. This certainly would have been a movie that young Sid would have caught late Saturday night all those years ago and stayed patient with it in hopes of catching a bare chested Tia Carrere. Oddly enough their were a couple of very oddly placed sex scenes which just didn't seem to fit at all. Young Sid would have been all over it.

My Teachers Wife starts off with Todd Boomer aka Todd Gack as he begins struggling in his Calculus class thanks to his unruly teacher Shooter McGavin. Shoota! Todd has always dreamed of getting in to Harvard and needs the recommendation of Shooter in order to get an interview. Naturally Shooter's not having any part of that as he views Todd as a real joke and nowhere near Harvard material. To make matters worse Todd keeps trying to put the moves on his girlfriend who keeps shooting him down leaving him even further balled up. With his Harvard dreams fading away and his girlfriend warding him off with her gypsy tears the guy just can't catch a break.
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After seeing so many unfunny movies from the "Comedy Section" of my local video store I was delighted to find this movie.This movie is a cut above the usual Tutor/Student Comedy and Ms. Carrere is funny, sweet and oh so gorgeous in it. Her performance alone lifts this film way above the genre of the horny teenager who meets a sexy older woman who tutors him. I have never seen Ms. Carrere give a bad performance and I hope her star continues to rise in Hollywood.
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My Teacher's Wife had light moments, but nothing brilliant. Serious moments were never truly worrisome because its characters evoked little interest or empathy (an exception was the central character's father, played by Jeffrey Tambor). The background music was jarring, several animation shorts were simply bizarre, and its ending was ambiguous. The only reasons I gave it an extra star were the photogenic settings and the cinematography that captured them.

This movie's biggest defect by far was its script. Not one memorable line in the entire screenplay, despite the attentions of four crew members whose job titles indicate they were paid to deal with the script specifically. Light moments should have sparkled; the internet bubbles with jokes and humorous incidents related to Cougars (easily applicable to tutors).

Another issue Teacher's had were numerous scenes in which the characters just reeled off their lines with little else happening. Life is like that, but watching it onscreen is boring, especially after a dozen times or so. It can't be that hard to figure out something interesting for characters to do. Examples of how this can be accomplished abound in the last film I watched: Insiang

As for that ambiguous ending - without giving it away, I can say that a far more provocative and satisfying conclusion could easily have been achieved from what had transpired up to that point. No stretching of credulity required.

Long to short: Pretty but vapid adequately describes My Teacher's Wife.
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