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David Mamet directed this screen version of his controversial two-character stage drama. John (William H. Macy) is a self-centered college professor preoccupied with his bid for tenure and negotiations for a house that he and his wife want to buy. Mary (Debra Eisenstadt), one of his students, comes by John's office after class; she's failing his course and is obviously confused by the material. Not really paying attention to her, John discusses his philosophies about education in an abstract
Nov 4, 1994 Wide
Sep 16, 2003
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Overly schematic and the least effective screen adaptation of a David Mamet play.
...feels like it was made in a rush, on the cheap, and to fulfill a contractual obligation.... a disappointment compared to his House of Games or Heist, which at least possessed the fall-back position of being intermittently entertaining.
Mamet's most frustrating movie
the film tried a little too hard to make the audience squirm -- but it also forced me to think.
Zeroes in on the lust for power that lies behind the confrontations waged in the name of gender, class, age, and political correctness.
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