Maggie Gyllenhaal stars with Parker Sevak in this story of a humdrum teacher who becomes totally obsessed with the underrecognized genius of one of her pupils. She wants him to be heard. She encourages and supports him. She writes down his poems and uses them in her own poetry class as hers. His parents are divorced and the father is “busy.” The nanny and sitter both do not see his talent. Slowly Gyllenhaal’s character starts to cross the line in doing things to enhance his poetry without permission. You would think she would have some self awareness that what she was doing for him was bound to fail. But I guess the myopic focus blinded her to worldly consequences. Now she can’t help him at all.
The Kindergarten Teacher
6.5 Total Score
The Kindergarden Teacher goes off the rails