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General Education (2012)

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Critic Reviews: 5
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Levi Collins is set to go to the local University on a tennis scholarship, but he forgot to tell his parents one thing - he didn't graduate. As a result, he must take summer school before his mom and dad discover he's failed senior science. At school, Levi falls in love with his classmate, Katie, and learns that he has to make a choice between playing tennis and receiving a proper education. General Education is a quirky comedy about a family learning to grow together. -- (C) Pelican House

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Tom Morris, Elliot Feld, Jaz Kalkat

Oct 2, 2012

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Defiantly humorless, the comedy is little more than a grab-bag of familiar high school-film cliches populated with bland characters played by barely-there actors. It was clearly a labor of love for no one.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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The film is like a new colt tripping over itself, going off every which way ...

August 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Wavers between extreme silliness and unbearable earnestness.

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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The lead character's sister is more interesting than he is, and she spends much of her screen time as a mute mime.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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As generic and forgettable as its title, this half-hearted attempt at a teen comedy feels like a term paper you might buy online: poorly written and cribbed from a million other sources.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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What have I learned? High school movies can be duller—and more sour—than previously thought possible...The least generic element of General Education is its openly hostile attitude toward gay people. [Blu-ray]

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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If given the choice between going to class and seeing the high-school comedy General Education, go with school.

September 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

A technically impressive tapioca of a movie, this bland indie seriocomedy may serve as an early springboard for a couple of talented young actors, but little else.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The film feels like a strained collection of outtakes from other comedies about teenage nerds and dysfunctional families.

August 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Plays out in a bland sitcom way, but is mercifully peppered with a few bizarre moments of surreal slapstick that keep it afloat.

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline
CraveOnline

Unfortunately, in General Education, even tried-and-true formulas fall flat thanks to the lack of several key elements-good dialogue, fully developed characters and a satisfying story.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

When the biggest name in the movie is Janeane Garofalo, why waste her in an extraneous, laugh-free side role as the protagonist's neglected housewife mother?

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Too derivative to be amusing and too earnest to be parodic, it assumes the form of countless other teen comedies minus any wit or drama.

August 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

With its hackneyed outlook and lack of a moral core or a purpose, 'General Education' is little more than a defective episode of 'Saved by the Bell.'

August 18, 2012 Full Review Source: CultureCatch
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