'Teaching Mrs. Tingle' SparkNotes version: Students fed up with abuse at the hands of a teacher (Helen Mirren) confront her, but wind up making her a captive in her own home. If this were a class it would be: Drama -- where an impressively overqualified instructor (Mirren) attempts to show fresh faces how to act, but it's best to forget the whole thing happened. One classmate always goes on to something better -- in this case, Katie Holmes. Essay question: How much did this film factor into Tom Cruise's future marriage plans? Did it help or hurt them? Final grade: For failing with critics and audiences, this total misfire gets an unqualified F.
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