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Lower Learning
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01.05.2009 By: Jason Adams
Lower Learning order
Director:
Mark Lafferty

Actors:
Rob Corddry
Jason Biggs
Eva Longoria Parker

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The principal is embezzling money from the school, the teachers donít give a crap about their job or their students, and a county inspector is shutting everything down at the end of the day. Welcome to another day at Geraldine Ferraro Elementary School. And it will be the last unless Vice Principal Pief*cker can do something about it.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I donít expect much from a straight to DVD movie starring Jason Biggs and Eva Longoria, even if it also boasts the always funny Rob Corddry. And thatís probably a smart policy, as LOWER LEARNING doesnít amount to much of anything worthwhile.

And thatís in spite of decent cast. Aside from Corddry, you also get his Daily Show costar (and The Officeís own Andy) Ed Helms, Tenacious Dís Kyle Gass, Mad TVís Will Sasso and even an Upright Citizenís Brigade vet. Youíd think with talent like that the laughs would be easy and nonstop, but donít get your hopes up. The ridiculousness given the elementary school setting is humorous, but itís not clever, great or even consistent comedy. Some of it is good at first for shock value and cheap laughs, but watching adults curse and say awful things to children can only be funny for so long.

Honestly I dug the first half hour or so of LOWER LEARNING and saw potential for a very dark comedy about the pitfalls of the education system, but the movie slowly goes downhill the rest of the way before it peters out completely with a lame ending, showing the laughs at the beginning were probably just a fluke.
THE EXTRAS
Behind The Scenes (13:47): ďThe best part of doing a movie like this is the money.Ē Gotta love Rob Corddry for his honesty.

Deleted Scenes and Outtakes (26:04): These cut scenes see some of the weirder and more out there stuff, like Rob Corddry taking a bath in melted chocolate. Some of the smaller supporting characters, including an excised janitor, get more face time here.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
LOWER LEARNING has some shock value laughs at the hands of a good, but wasted cast. Even if youíre a fan of the stars, just wait for it to show up late one night on Comedy Central.

Extra Tidbit: Guys can give me grief for this, but I donít understand what the big deal about Eva Longoria is. I walk by women ten times hotter than her on the street everyday. And have you seen her without makeup? Blech.
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