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      Lower Learning

      R Released Oct 10, 2008 1 hr. 37 min. Comedy List
      Reviews 17% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score All is not well at Geraldine Ferraro Elementary, home of the Fighting Seals. When accreditation official Rebecca Seabrook (Eva Longoria Parker) arrives for a routine inspection, she discovers an ineffective, foul-mouthed faculty headed by the devious, light-fingered principal, Billings (Rob Corddry). When the state threatens to pull the plug on the school in light of her report, Seabrook and bumbling vice principal Tom Willoman (Jason Biggs) struggle to save the place from closing. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jul 04 Buy Now

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      j t Calling this a terrible movie is actually an insult to other terrible movies. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I thought it was hilarious. Definitely a light hearted dark comedy. I enjoyed the movie. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Horrible watch, will not watch again, and actively recommend you avoid this movie. This is the first movie where I felt the need to call child protective services and put all the adult actors involved on a watch list. I'm just saying that some of the things these kids say, see, and in which they participate are potentially traumatizing, especially in the atmosphere they're performed. I'm sorry if this movie is supposed to be funny, but it's an awful story about awful subject matter, and none of the jokes land. Even Jason Biggs calls out the inspector's use habits throughout the movie, and these are the people we're supposed to get behind. There is a difference between characters being silly and detrimental, and this movie is a great example of what crossing that line looks like. Maybe it's just too real, maybe the idea of the circumstances of this movie being real is terrifying and I can't see the humor. Regardless, there is nothing I found funny about this movie, and the only redeemable acting came from a young Zachary Gordon ("Diary of a Wimpy Kid"). Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member OMG, this was hilarious, I couldn't believe I've never watched before now. The teachers were the worst, & those kids, some of them were something else entirely. But Monica Potter's character had me rolling, watching her breakdown in front of a bunch of 2nd graders & them calling her out on it was epic. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member low rate comedy movie Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Another great comedy. I was afraid they stopped making comedies along my sense of humor after so many disappointments this year. But, this, along with Role Models (which would make for a good double-billing) shows that they are still going strong. Another one with a bunch of people I like (Rob Corddry, Ed Helms, Matt Walsh, etc). Its about a failing grade school which is about to be shut down because of low test scores. The principal realizes this and tries to get as much money out of the school, students, parents, etc before he jumps the sinking ship. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Chuck Wilson L.A. Weekly Lafferty is all about expletives and sexual innuendo of the frankest kind, some of it so raunchy (and unfunny) as to make one wonder if the parents of the film's many child actors bothered to read the script. Oct 9, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis All is not well at Geraldine Ferraro Elementary, home of the Fighting Seals. When accreditation official Rebecca Seabrook (Eva Longoria Parker) arrives for a routine inspection, she discovers an ineffective, foul-mouthed faculty headed by the devious, light-fingered principal, Billings (Rob Corddry). When the state threatens to pull the plug on the school in light of her report, Seabrook and bumbling vice principal Tom Willoman (Jason Biggs) struggle to save the place from closing.
      Director
      Mark Lafferty
      Executive Producer
      Karen Bailey, Miranda Bailey, Scott D. Greenberg
      Screenwriter
      Shahin Chandrasoma, Mark Lafferty
      Production Co
      Ambush Entertainment, Starz!
      Rating
      R (Some Drug Content|Language|Crude and Sexual Humor)
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 10, 2008, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 2, 2008
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $2.5K
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