Chalk The Film
Morgan (Super Size Me) Spurlock on "Chalk"
The full movie "Chalk"
“Chalk”: DVD Pick of the WeekPosted by Kris Rasmussen
Presented by “Supersize Me” auteur Morgan Spurlock, shot with jiggly cameras and lots of fake interviews with eccentric characters, “Chalk” borrows a lot from the filmmaking style of Christopher Guest (“Best in Show,” “A Mighty Wind”) as the teachers try to survive the first day of school, faculty meetings, job promotions,and Teacher of the Year elections (okay, I have never known a teacher to care about Teacher of The Year, but it is still a funny bit). No one is safe from the satirical roving eye of the camera as administrators, students, parents and teachers are all skewered mercilessly as their foibles are revealed.
“Chalk” is all the smarter — and funnier — for steering clear of dated humor like making endless (and completely deserved) jokes about No Child Left Behind or GLCE’s or any other bureaucratic nonsense,while finding ways to cause the audience to care about even the most unsympathetic characters. After all, we all have a lot to learn if we want to get an “A” in the classroom of life.
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From NY Magazine
NEW YORK VIEW
Presenter Morgan (Super Size Me) Spurlock's name is all over the promotion of this film, so you may be shocked to discover it's not a hard-hitting documentary, but rather a genial, improvised mockumentary about the lives of a trio of young teachers. Lovingly observed, charmingly acted, and quite entertaining—though its occasional, and thankfully quite few, stabs at poignancy and social resonance fall a bit flat.