Chalk

2006 PG-13 1h 24m DVD

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Chalk

2006 PG-13 1h 24m DVD
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Three rookie teachers and one unenthusiastic assistant principal face a rambunctious student body, a cantankerous set of colleagues, embarrassing rumors, equipment malfunctions and various absurdities at Harrison High, a typically provocative and volatile (although fictional) public school in Austin, Texas. The documentary-style comedy won several awards, including Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast at the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival.
Format
DVD
Screen
Full Screen 1.33:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Rating
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
  • Chris Mass
  • Troy Schremmer
  • Shannon Haragan
  • Janelle Schremmer
  • Kaytea Brock
  • Dan Eggleston
  • Jeff Guerrero
  • Jacqueline Seaborn
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Reviews

age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this indie film feels much more like a documentary than a typical high school comedy. Teens may find its sophisticated, character-driven humor funny -- and reflective of their actual school experience -- but younger kids probably won't be interested in the staff's trials and traumas. There's some discussion of sexual orientation, specifically with regard to P.E. teachers. The rare cursing (including "f--k") comes from the students, not the teachers. One teacher is shown smoking; others go out for drinks after work. It's worth noting that there's a lot of jerky handheld camera work, which could be difficult for those who are sensitive to the abrupt movements.

Sexual Content

Discussion of P.E. teacher's sexual orientation.

Violence

Some inconsequential tussling between high school students (teacher has to break up a fight).

Language

Infrequent, but words include "f--k," "bulls--t," and "ass."

Social Behavior

High school students and faculty are mostly treated with respect; racially sensitive portrayal of multi-ethnic classrooms; uses humor to illustrate staff insecurity and weaknesses, but doesn't make fun of kids.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

One teacher is shown smoking; teachers drink in a bar after work on one occasion.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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