Owen Gleiberman
September 03, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Teaching Mrs. Tingle

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Katie Holmes, Helen Mirren
director
Kevin Williamson
author
Kevin Williamson
genre
Comedy, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C-

The first film directed by screenwriter Kevin Williamson (Scream, Dawson’s Creek) is a plastic exercise in authority bashing. Mrs. Tingle (Helen Mirren), the high school history teacher, is a cartoon curmudgeon who speaks in poisoned bonbons of sarcasm. When Leigh Ann (Katie Holmes) is caught with two friends in a scandal that’s more innocent than it looks, the three go over to Mrs. Tingle’s house, and much over-blown malice follows. It’s depressing to see the gifted Williamson dance so crudely on the grave of empathy in Teaching Mrs. Tingle.

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