Guest post by Kate Pell
Bio: Supporter of cool things & cool people. Lover of previews & movie trailers. Communicator at the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
Everyone loves a good high school comedy—no, not those movies for high schoolers, with the latest teenage heartthrob; but those movies that showcase the peer, familial and personal struggles that happen around high school age. General Education delivers with a fun, entertaining high school comedy.
The film centers on Levi, the soon-to-be-graduating high school senior. Levi is on the cusp of success; he is days away from graduating high school and one tournament away from a full-ride tennis scholarship. However, Levi’s ambition—or more like his father’s ambition—to be a star tennis player has caused him to miss one too many classes. In order to graduate he must complete summer school, and it’s not going to be easy.
Over the course of the 90-minute film, we see Levi in moments of brilliance and poor decisions. What keeps Levi’s journey entertaining are the characters. You have the overbearing father living vicariously through his son played by Larry Miller. There’s the overlooked, chardonnay-chugging housewife played by Janeane Garofalo. The strict, but sexy teacher played by Elaine Hendrix (who plays the same type of character in other films). Levi’s friends and siblings round out the eccentric cast.
There are many stereotypical characters in General Education, and when you put them all in one scene there can be a lot happening. However, each character adds a unique flavor to the overall whole and gives you someone to cheer for.
Tom Morris 2011
Categories: American Spectrum Features
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