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Chalk approaches its potentially rich subject matter with a light touch, but still emerges with a humorous, heartfelt tribute to a noble profession.



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Four educators muddle through another year at a typical American high school in this mockumentary comedy. Mr. Lowery (Troy Schremmer), Mr. Stroope (Chris Mass), and Coach Webb (Janelle Schremmer) are three teachers doling out knowledge at a high school in Austin, TX. Mr. Lowery is new to teaching, and has to deal with his own inexperience as well as a decided lack of enthusiasm for history among his students; it doesn't help Lowery that the kids quickly learn how to push his buttons. Mr. Stroope has been on the faculty for three years, and is zealously campaigning for the honor of "Teacher of the Year." Stroope has enlisted his students to help him win the prize, even though they seem less than impressed with his academic abilities. Coach Webb teaches Girl's Gym, and despite her short hair and severe manner, she frequently and enthusiastically insists that she's heterosexual. Webb also insists on following the school's regulations to the letter, and has unusual ideas about how to make Gym seem hip and fun for her charges. Meanwhile, Mrs. Reddell (Shannon Haragan) has recently been promoted from the teaching staff to her new position as assistant principal, which has put a tremendous strain on her friendship with her colleagues, especially Webb. Chalk received the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Independent Film Festival of Boston. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Shannon Haragan
as Mrs. Reddell
Chris Mass
as Mr. Stroope
Troy Schremmer
as Mr. Lowrey
Jeffrey Travis
as Math Teacher
Jacqueline Seaborn
as Mrs. Townsend
Glen Lewis
as Coach Lewis
Kaytea Brock
as Miss Brock
Jerry Jarmon
as Mr. Jarmon
Dan Eggleston
as Mr. Eggleston
Wendy Campbell
as Mrs. Campbell
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Critic Reviews for Chalk

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (8)

  • There are still moments when the tone is uncertain and the actors visibly struggle, but for the most part there's a freshness about the performances that could probably not have been achieved in any other way.

    Sep 14, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
  • Chalk might have been both funnier and more penetrating as a real documentary.

    Sep 14, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • Chalk is a gentle mockumentary about high school teachers -- so gentle, you wonder why anyone bothered. So gentle, it verges on 'what's the point?'

    Sep 7, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie offers some modest, amusing and true lessons about an honorable profession.

    Jul 28, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Chalk is a message from the horse's mouth, and is thereby humorously instructive without ever becoming sarcastic or judgmental.

    Jun 13, 2007

    Andrew Sarris

    Top Critic
  • The indie film is funny and, at times, heartbreaking. Wisely, it avoids the happy ending that Hollywood would have insisted upon.

    Jun 8, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chalk

  • Jun 01, 2011
    This film meant to be touching, inspirational, and a behind the scenes look at the fate of people thrust or placed in teaching professions. Along the way someone decided to also make this a mockumentary, either because they didn't have enough money to make it into a real film or they were just lazy. The supposed funny parts of the film would maybe work as sketches in an improv group, but in this film they feel out of place. The mockumentary feel of films like Christopher Guest are awkward and semi-realistic. This film was very guarded and up in arms, adding self-recorded messages by the characters in a confession booth situation reminiscent of The Real World. The protagonist was the starring attraction, as a first time teacher evolves from a tongue-tied individual, to a humorous and yet nurturing educator. Props also go to the students in the film, who were the most realistic thing about this movie.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    hmmmm. I wanted it to be much better than it was. It had it's moments, but all in all it was a little lame.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2010
    This sometimes goofy mockumentary overcomes a rather poor screenplay (which nevertheless has its golden moments) with two great performances from Troy Schremmer and Janelle Schremmer as well as a great conclusion that convinces me, as a student, that this film is genuine in transcending the actual feelings of a high school teacher.
    Jay H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2010
    It made me sea-sick watching. It was okay, but not enough to recommend to people...
    Leigh R Super Reviewer

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