Teaching Mrs. Tingle Reviews
September 21, 2014
Let's face it. Kevin Williamson is never again going to reach the master status he achieved with "Scream". However, I can't believe all the bad reviews centered around his directorial debut "Teaching Mrs. Tingle". It doesn't have the same wit or thrills that "Scream" had, and it tends to be a bit predictable. But all three of the teens are likeable, and Helen Mirren is deliciously devilish as Mrs. Tingle.
August 31, 2014
suffered all the way through this stupid movie just to watch the Jo character and helen Mirren only to have the last minute sliced off at the end. But then I thought, eh, WHO CARES?
March 28, 2014
While this is one of my guilty pleasures, primarily because Helen Mirren gives a wickedly over-the-top performance, I can admit that it's kind of terrible. I can't help but wonder what the end result would have been if Williamson got to make the movie he set out to make...because this can't possibly be it. Maybe there will be a Director's Cut someday.
November 24, 2013
Katie Holmes, Marisa Coughlan and Barry Watson try to implicate one of their hardball teachers so she can't tell on them for cheating on one of the tests. However, things do not work as planned and things spiral out of control quickly. My biggest problem with the film is as it goes on, everything becomes less and less believable and the actions of the main characters don't make much sense. Interesting to see a young pre-Tom-Cruise Kaite, but otherwise, this film is largely a dud.
July 21, 2013
A run-of-the-mill comedy kidnapping movie featuring high schoolers taking on their mean teacher. The acting is decent; the story is forgettable. Nothing stood out here. Worth a watch on a really slow night, if for nothing else but Katie Holmes' cuteness.
May 24, 2013
This movie did not age well; I remember liking this a lot more years ago. Of course we could say that I had horrible taste in movies when I was 16.
September 21, 2008
Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999) -- [5.0] -- Screenwriter Kevin Williamson made his directorial debut with this surprisingly mediocre horror flick. Helen Mirren musters some wicked charm as the title character, but the trio of teen characters played by Katie Holmes, Marisa Coughlan, and Barry Watson are surprisingly flat, especially when you consider Williamson's prior work on "Scream" and "Dawson's Creek." Michael McKean, Jeffrey Tambor, Molly Ringwald, and Vivica A. Fox appear in small, thankless roles.
April 22, 2013
Sure, there are a few ridiculous scenes, and a few moments that probably wouldn't play out like that in real life, but Teaching Mrs. Tingle is almost always pretty entertaining.
February 23, 2007
Gave it a re-watch for the first time since the VHS days, and it's an entertaining enough watch, though the high points for me are definitely little Katie Holmes being cute and Helen Mirren being an icy bitch from the word go. Love her.
Worth a rental or cable viewing.
March 18, 2013
darkly funny and silly
October 13, 2012
This was another Williamson film in the SCREAM wake, mostly thought that it would be a horror film cause it was originally called KILLING MRS. TINGLE, but Columbine kind of changed that. But it's more a Dark Comedy.
Holmes doesn't have much range. She's almost always playing Joey Potter from Dawson's Creek. No difference here, only she gets a tad tramp as the film goes on. Watson is just a pretty boy role. Boring.
The real meat in this cast comes from Mirren as Tingle. She is such an evil bitch. The way she tries to play them all against each other is evil. Her scene where she destroys them all when they are doing their History projects, just a mean lady.
And Coughlan is so very good here. I have always felt Hollywood forgot about her. I've only seen her in a handful of movies and she's always so good. I thought she would be huge after this movie, but alas it never happened.
Fox is a mere cameo in one scene, and Ringwald is so funny in her few scenes.
But the end of the movie seems too easy, as they did kidnap a teacher. Seems like no one cared?
March 3, 2013
The title gives it away.
February 27, 2013
Horrible execution!!I honestly do not feel as if this film would neither happen realistically or even remotely end the way it did.
July 6, 2007
Decent script. Kevin Williamson was a good writer.
January 8, 2013
I was drawn to the film Teaching Mrs. Tingle for one main reason. It was the directorial debut of famed 90s screenwriter Kevin Williamson who is known for writing the scripts for the first two Scream movies (as well as the fourth), I Know What You Did Last Summer, and the severely underrated sci-fi film The Faculty. In Teaching Mrs. Tingle, Williamson tells a tale of a girl named Leigh-Ann who tries her hardest to become the valedictorian of her graduating class in order to gain a scholarship and go to college. However, there's one thing standing in her way. Her History teacher Mrs. Tingle hates her guts. After Leigh-Ann gets in a misunderstanding with Mrs. Tingle about whether she was cheating or not, her and her two friends (Luke and Jo) try to convince her that it was a mistake. One thing leads to another and they're holding her captive until they can get her to relieve Leigh-Ann of the wild allogations. This plot may seem cool for anyone who's had a crummy teacher in their years in high school, but this film is executed pretty badly. For one thing, Williamson is best known for his meta-scripts that pay homage to the genre of the film that he's writing for (i.e. He references horror films and horror rules in Scream). Since this film is more of a dramedy, he can't really do anything of that nature. Sure, he throws in a few references to films like The Exorcist, but they just don't work. Also not working for the script is that it doesn't know what film it wants to be. At first it starts out like Dawson's Creek with teenage drama and angst, but later goes into a comedic territory. Plus, it sometimes hits a wanna-be thriller genre. If I had to say anything good about this film, it would be for Helen Mirren for her excellent portrayal of Mrs. Tingle. She's able to make the character an unbelievable bitch and she's fun to watch everytime she opens her mouth. Other than that, Teaching Mrs. Tingle is just a failed attempt by a great screenwriter. Hopefully, he'll stick to making meta-scripts next time since that's what he's really talented at.
January 7, 2013
Marisa Coughlan and Helen Mirren put on a show, but the rest is like acting class.
December 19, 2012
Teaching Mrs. Tingle is funny, smart and full of unpredictable twists and turns.
December 7, 2012
Miss Banks: That was Mrs. Tingle. She's sick with the flu. She sounded really bad.
Principal Potter: She hasn't been sick since-In fact, I don't think she's ever been sick.
Miss Banks: Do you think it's serious?
Principal Potter: God I hope so.
Leanne is in a dire situation when she needs to be valedictorian to get her scholarship to Harvard. The only class she is worse in is history, taught by Mrs. Tingle, and the teacher hates her. When an attempt to get ahead in Mrs. Tingle's class goes awry, mayhem ensues and friendships, loyalties and trust are tested by the teacher's intricate mind-games.
Helen Mirren: Mrs. Eve Tingle
Katie Holmes: Leigh Ann Watson
Jeffrey Tambor: Coach 'Spanky' Wenchell
Barry Watson: Luke Churner
Marisa Coughlan: Jo Lynn Jordan
Also by the guy who did the Scream trilogy. Which you can see traits lifted from.
"Teaching Mrs. Tingle" may not be one of the greatest movies to grace the big screen, but it is not the worst either.
The movie is a fantasy/revenge story, yet a real world scenario, at its core. We've all had a person like Mrs. Tingle (teacher or not) that seemed like that their sole purpose in life was to make our lives miserable as possible. This movie explores the option of what could happen if we took the opportunity to get back at that person.
Provides laughs and some scorching lines from Mirren. It's a dark comedy which you will enjoy if you want a fun movie.
While this movie is not without its flaws, (acting has shallow points at times, the pop-culture references that are becoming cliches of their own, etc) this film is quite warm and comical...that is if you are not looking for the best picture of the year or something deep and turbulent.
December 2, 2012
all i have to say is chick flick
November 21, 2012
Teenage flick with adult content and yet they play it safe.