Gym Teacher: The Movie

2008 TV-Y7 1h 34m DVD

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Gym Teacher: The Movie

2008 TV-Y7 1h 34m DVD
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Hoping to finally achieve athletic glory, failed gymnast turned intense gym teacher Dave (Christopher Meloni) rigorously prepares his students to compete in the national gym class fitness competition -- but one scared and awkward student, Roland (Nathan Kress), needs lots of help. With the competition fast approaching, Dave does everything he can to transform the scrawny kid into a fierce competitor.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
TV-Y7 - This program is designed for children age 7 and above.
age 6+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 6+
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age 6+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this made-for-TV movie touches on themes like teamwork, perseverance, and self-perception and examines what it means to be a winner. There's some poor sportsmanship and bullying (tweens tease a classmate, putting him down and throwing things at him), but it could prompt family discussions about respecting others and being tolerant of differences. Expect some sexual inferences (a woman's flirtatious remarks about a man's chiseled physique, a tween couple's one brief kiss, one teacher's mild fantasies about another) and name-calling. One of the co-stars, Amy Sedaris, has a reputation as an edgy comedienne.

Sexual Content

Some suggestive comments by a female principal to a male gym teacher about his muscular physique (she's very clearly interested in him). A male teacher fantasizes about a female teacher (he imagines her as a lithe female gymnast). A tween romance culminates in one quick kiss. In one scene, a man implies that another is homosexual and remarks, "The sight of you makes my butt itch."


In one scene, a woman repeatedly hits a man with a stick, but it's played for laughs. A boy is said to suffer bruised ribs after falling from a climbing rope in gym class.


Limited use of words like "butt" and "loser." References are made to training bras and jock straps.

Social Behavior

Tweens and adults use terms like "spaz," "freak," and "weirdo" to generalize groups of students. Students bully a classmate who's different, but in the end, they pull together as a team. A teacher briefly plots to get a student expelled so he doesn't have to coach him (at the suggestion of another adult). An adult and a kid conspire to deceive the kid's mom to prevent her from worrying. Plenty of poor sportsmanship along the way, but overall has positive themes of perseverance and respecting others.


Wheaties cereal is mentioned a few times.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The main character and his friends hang out at a place that resembles a bar, but the drinks of choice are health shakes.

  • 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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