Kevin Williamson, screenwriter of Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer and creator of the TV series Dawson's Creek, makes his directorial debut with this dark comedy. Leigh Ann Watson (Katie Holmes) is a high school senior who is… More Kevin Williamson, screenwriter of Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer and creator of the TV series Dawson's Creek, makes his directorial debut with this dark comedy. Leigh Ann Watson (Katie Holmes) is a high school senior who is pretty, popular and smart, and she looks like a shoo-in to be named Class Valedictorian. However, that's before Mary Beth Carter (Liz Stauber), a conniving student competing with Leigh Ann for the honor, sweetly recommends a history class taught by the notoriously ill-tempered Mrs. Tingle (Helen Mirren). The vile Mrs. Tingle ends up handing Leigh Ann her first failing grade, damaging her chances of winning the valedictorian's honor (and the scholarship that goes along with it). Things go from bad to worse when, through no fault of her own, a copy of Mrs. Tingle's final exam turns up in Leigh Ann's backpack, putting her future at school in serious jeopardy. A furious Leigh Ann decides that it's time someone did something about Mrs. Tingle, and after Leigh and two friends pay the teacher a visit, Mrs. Tingle mysteriously disappears. Writer/director Williamson nods to his well-documented enthusiasm for the work of John Hughes by casting Molly Ringwald as the substitute teacher who replaces Mrs. Tingle. The film was produced under the title Killing Mrs. Tingle , but the title was changed in the wake of the Colorado high school shootings, in which two students killed several students and faculty members.
Consensus: As a dark comedy-thriller, this movie lacks humor and thrill.