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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"The movie offers some modest, amusing and true lessons about an honorable profession."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Chalk rides on some well observed lessons in pain by a small group of teachers at Harrison High"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"A special gem of a film that demands a giant audience... One of the finest valentines to the profession ever crafted."
‑ David Cornelius,
"[The filmmakers'] best intentions are better realized than their filmmaking ambitions."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Chalk might have been both funnier and more penetrating as a real documentary."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Chalk is a message from the horse's mouth, and is thereby humorously instructive without ever becoming sarcastic or judgmental."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Chalk's aim is to clue you in why 50% of teachers quit within the first three years."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The movie has 'heart' in a way that doesn't feel cloying or dishonest. And the cast -- especially Janelle Schremmer -- just nails it."
‑ M.E. Russell, Oregonian
"Like the teaching profession, Chalk is at times tedious and rewarding."
‑ Larry Ratliff, San Antonio Express-News
"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?'"
‑ David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
"Can we all come to a consensus that the whole mockumentary concept is played out?"
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Mockumentary shines light on high school teachers."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"...may be a harbinger of a new kind of cinema, less oriented on big-face stars and spectacular special effects."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Might not be the high-school story most of us want to hear, but it's a true one, and Chalk tells it with insight, humor, and an appropriate touch of sadness."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
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