Frank Tassone (Hugh Jackman), a deeply closeted Long Island school superintendent, and Pam Gluckin (Allison Janney), his assistant, are credited with bringing their district unprecedented prestige – and consistently-rising property values. Frank is a master of positive messaging, whether before an audience of community leaders or in an office with a concerned student or parent. That changes when a student reporter (Geraldine Viswanathan) uncovers an embezzlement scheme of epic proportions, threatening everything Frank has built – as well as a new secret romance with a former student (Rafael Casal) – prompting Frank to devise an elaborate cover-up.
Based on a true story, this pitch-black new comedy from acclaimed Thoroughbreds director Cory Finley is a riveting must-see! Bad Education made its world premiere on September 8, 2019 at the Toronto International Film Festival and was broadcast on HBO on April 25, 2020. It was well received by film critics, with particular praise for Mike Makowsky‘s screenplay, Finley’s direction, and Jackman’s and Janney’s performances. At the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, the film won for Outstanding Television Movie and received an Outstanding Lead Actor nomination for Jackman (it’s easily one of his best).
Watch a short behind-the-scenes featurette for Bad Education below and click here to order your copy. The film is available on DVD starting this week.