My Teacher's Wife
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Tia Carrere is so lovely. At the peak of her beauty in this otherwise forgettable movie. That's it. That's my review.Published 3 months ago by Doctor.Generosity
From the moment it opens, this movie screams boring and doesn't let up. The intro made me depressed and I couldn't tell if I was watching a terrible movie or a TV show.Published 4 months ago by Vi Ly