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There are still moments when the tone is uncertain and the actors visibly struggle, but for the most part there's a freshness about the performances that could probably not have been achieved in any other way.
Chalk might have been both funnier and more penetrating as a real documentary.
Chalk is a gentle mockumentary about high school teachers -- so gentle, you wonder why anyone bothered. So gentle, it verges on 'what's the point?'
The movie offers some modest, amusing and true lessons about an honorable profession.
Chalk is a message from the horse's mouth, and is thereby humorously instructive without ever becoming sarcastic or judgmental.
Audience Reviews for Chalk
This film meant to be touching, inspirational, and a behind the scenes look at the fate of people thrust or placed in teaching professions. Along the way someone decided to also make this a mockumentary, either because they didn't have enough money to make it into a real film or they were just lazy. The supposed funny parts of the film would maybe work as sketches in an improv group, but in this film they feel out of place. The mockumentary feel of films like Christopher Guest are awkward and semi-realistic. This film was very guarded and up in arms, adding self-recorded messages by the characters in a confession booth situation reminiscent of The Real World. The protagonist was the starring attraction, as a first time teacher evolves from a tongue-tied individual, to a humorous and yet nurturing educator. Props also go to the students in the film, who were the most realistic thing about this movie.
hmmmm. I wanted it to be much better than it was. It had it's moments, but all in all it was a little lame.
This sometimes goofy mockumentary overcomes a rather poor screenplay (which nevertheless has its golden moments) with two great performances from Troy Schremmer and Janelle Schremmer as well as a great conclusion that convinces me, as a student, that this film is genuine in transcending the actual feelings of a high school teacher.
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