Teaching Mrs. Tingle The first film directed by screenwriter Kevin Williamson ( Scream , Dawson's Creek ) is a plastic exercise in authority bashing. Mrs. Tingle (Helen Mirren),… Teaching Mrs. Tingle The first film directed by screenwriter Kevin Williamson ( Scream , Dawson's Creek ) is a plastic exercise in authority bashing. Mrs. Tingle (Helen Mirren),… PG-13 Comedy Mystery and Thriller Katie Holmes Helen Mirren
Movie Review

Movie Review: 'Teaching Mrs. Tingle' (1999)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Rated: PG-13; Genres: Comedy, Mystery and Thriller; With: Katie Holmes and Helen Mirren

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.

Originally posted Sep 03, 1999 Published in issue #501 Sep 03, 1999 Order article reprints