The kind of creepily misguided over-parenting that seems more apt for dramatic treatment (as in the book and film “Loverboy”) serves as the engine for light farce in “Public Schooled.” This second feature for director Kyle Rideout and co-scenarist Josh Epstein (following 2015’s “Eadward”) is a disarming spin on the misfit conceit of many a high-school comedy, as its protagonist goes from seven years of sheltered home schooling to the comparatively vast social horizons of a regular public institution — though his helicopter Mom won’t let go so easily.
Getting amusing mileage from a borderline-disturbed primary dynamic, and too sweet-natured to hit the usual crass teen-comedy notes despite some off-color humor, this is a pleasant diversion whose commercial prospects may be limited by somewhat televisual presentation.
Making little attempt to explain how Liam (Daniel Doheny) has managed to stay so naive and friendless despite living in a seemingly fair-sized town, the »
- Dennis Harvey
Similar News ItemsTom Hanks
- Are You Ready for the Most Exciting Oscar Race in Years? (From Variety - Film News. 19 September 2017, 8:25 AM, PDT)
- Tom Hanks Teases David S. Pumpkins Script on Twitter: Any Questions? (From Indiewire Television. 16 September 2017, 9:57 AM, PDT)
- Tom Hanks Teases David S. Pumpkins Script on Twitter: Any Questions? (From Indiewire. 16 September 2017, 9:57 AM, PDT)
- Halle Berry Makes Her Relationship With Alex Da Kid Instagram Official (From E! Online. 19 September 2017, 2:57 PM, PDT)
- Halle Berry Cozies Up to Mystery Man She Calls Her 'Balance' in Intimate Instagram Post (From PEOPLE.com. 19 September 2017, 12:44 PM, PDT)
- TF1 Studio Broadens Slate with Film Projects From Borsalino, Dimitri Rassam (From Variety - Film News. 19 September 2017, 10:50 AM, PDT)
- ‘Public Schooled’ Star Judy Greer on Shooting Around ‘the Perfect Snowstorm’ (Video) (From The Wrap. 18 September 2017, 4:54 PM, PDT)
- New trailer for Our Souls at Night starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda (From Flickeringmyth. 14 September 2017, 10:30 PM, PDT)
- ‘Public Schooled’ Stars Judy Greer & Daniel Doheny Discuss Their Comedy About Letting Go — Toronto Studio (From Deadline. 14 September 2017, 9:54 AM, PDT)