DVD Review: TEACHER

TEACHER was written and directed byAdam Dick and stars David Dastmalchian, Matthew Garry, Daniela Lopez, Curtis Edward Jackson and Kevin Pollak.

Teacher is an unflinching portrayal of trauma as a contagion passed between people and generations, all set within the prism of modern suburbia. The film follows the downward spiral of a high school English teacher (Dastmalchian) as he goes to disturbing lengths to protect his favorite students from bullies and challenge the power of a wealthy patron (Pollak) within the community.

The story centers around James Lewis (David Dastmalchian), a high school English teacher who sees one of his best students gets picked on to the point where he has to do something about it. Preston Walsh (Matthew Garry) gets bullied on a daily basis by Tim Cooper (Curtis Edward Jackson) and some of his friends and one day they take things too far and nearly kills him. This attack not only leaves Preston permantly disabled but it affects his new girlfriend Daniela Lopez (Esme Perez) in such a heartbreaking way that she tries to commit suicide because of what had happened.

After James pleads with school authorites as well as the local law enforcement to do something about it, but nothing is done, he decides to confront Tim’s father Bernard (Kevin Pollak) about the intense situation. Bernard is a powerful business man with a take no prisoner attitude and threatens James to back off and forget about things or else. Everyone has a breaking point and James hits his so he comes up with a plan to handle things himself but when he finally gets Tim alone he discovers that there’s an even bigger monster than the school bully – his father. James ends up paying Bernard one last visit, and since nobody else would do anything about this dangerous situation, the English teacher takes matters in his own hands.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some images from the movie. The DVD disc also features some similar artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Teacher ended up being a powerful watch that deals with school bullying and the lengths some people are willing to go to so they can either protect the innocent or get revenge on those who inflict pain and suffering. We see and hear about so many stories like this in the news and Teacher not only makes a bold statement against toxic bullying but it also sends a strong message that those behind these hurtful acts of violence will eventually get what they deserve, one way or another. The story is the strength of this movie followed closely by the impressive performances by the talented cast. Adam Dick did a great job bringing his story to life on screen and I think it’s a movie that should be required viewing in the public school system. Yeah, it’s that powerful of a watch and it will definitely tug at your heart strings. Teacher is now available on DVD and is worth putting on your watch list.

Distributor: Cinedigm

Run Time: 100 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include the original short film from 2016, seven deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer.

  • Teacher Short Film (20:01)
  • Deleted Scenes (08:42)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:18)
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