Bad Education is a 2019 American crime comedy directed by Cory Finley and written by Mike Makowsky. It is based on the true story of the largest public school embezzlement in American history. It features Hugh Jackman, Allison Janney, Geraldine Viswanathan, Alex Wolff, Rafael Casal, Stephen Spinella, Annaleigh Ashford, and Ray Romano. Bad Education was premiered at Toronto Film Festival (Canada) in September 2019, receiving positive reviews from critics. The film received 94% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and 79 points on Metacritic.
Bad Education revolves around the true story of the misappropriation of funds shocking America in the early 2000s, at Roslyn High School (New York). The main character is the director of the school, Frank Tassone (Hugh Jackman) - a civil servant who is evaluated diligently, wholeheartedly for the goal of making Roslyn the number one high school in America. Pam Gluckin (Allison Janney) - Frank's assistant - was discovered by the school board to use public money for personal purposes. Frank wants to handle things in silence. However, Rachel Bhargava (Geraldine Viswanathan) - a student working for the school newspaper- found many suspicious points and investigated herself. At the beginning of the film, Roslyn is depicted with flashy images, promising to be one of the top schools in the US with many direct admission to prestigious universities such as Harvard, Yale. Director Frank encourages students, including Rachel, to explore and research academically as well as practice journalism. Frank is considered by everyone to be an upright teacher, with an inspirational demeanor and words that enter the heart. The second half of the movie is filled with contrasting details from before. Rachel discovered financial mistakes in bidding for projects at Roslyn School. When the incident was revealed, Frank met and persuaded Rachel to hide the truth. Even, he warned Rachel about the future is not very good if you keep pursuing the case. Frank's words and attitude are the complete opposite.