"Learning Curve"

Learning Curve (1998) was originally called Detention, but was changed to avoid confusion with a far lesser film by the same name. I can review it in two words ... BUY IT! It belongs in the same category as films like Breakfast Club, Band of the Hand, To Sir With Love, Stand and Deliver and The Substitute series, it is not definitive of any of them. It does concern problem High School students and an unconventional teacher, but was not predictable at any point. As I am strongly recommending this low budget indie, I will not reveal any of the plot. It would be a shame to spoil any of the surprises. Three women, as students, provide nudity, Brandie Little, 3 Bs, Rebecca Sanabria, breasts and bush, and Susanne Gibbs, 3 Bs. Marsha Dietlein, as a teacher, shows pokies.

IMDB calls it a drama, but drama/dark comedy would be more accurate. Part of what made this film for me was the fact that there was no exposition that relied entirely on dialogue, and everything was not spelled out and spoon fed to the viewer. The film could have easily become a little boring in the second act, but the main plot was intercut with a sub-plot, keeping me glued to the screen. Each character had a clear arc, not only in the film, but also in each scene they appeared in. There were also some very clever lines, including my personal favorite. The main character has just been accosted by a very uptight female administrator, and says, "When she farts, I bet only dogs can hear it."

IMDB scores this at a respectable 6.5 of 10, but voting has it much higher, with the mean being 8.3. This is another case of IMDB applying their secret sauce to the score. One critic called it the best indie of the decade. After receive a warm reception for his first film, Positive ID, writer director Andy Anderson was in demand as a screenwriter. That provided a regular paycheck, but none of his scripts was ever greenlighted, so, after ten years, he decided to make his own movies again. Also a full time teacher, he knows the public school system intimately, and many of the more implausible plot elements in act one actually happened in the Texas school system. The DVD is presented in a letter boxed Wide Screen format, and includes documentary, deleted scenes, and a trailer. Even if none of the films listed above appeal to you, and you do not usually like Independent film, you may very well enjoy this one as much as I did. B.

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  • Brandy Little (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Marsha Dietlein (1, 2, 3)
  • Rebecca Sanabria (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
  • Susanna Gibbs (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)


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    Q: Which member of the 1927 Yankees, a Hall of Famer, was the first man to hit 60 homers in a single season of organized professional baseball.

    A: Second baseman Tony Lazzeri. He hit 60 homers for Salt Lake City in 1925. His teammate on the 27 Yanks, Babe Ruth, was the second man to accomplish the feat, although the first to do so in the major leagues. Ruth had hit 59 back in 1921, but had his only 60 homer season in 1927, two years after Lazzeri accomplished the feat in the minors. Lazzeri's major league high was 18, although he had seven 100 RBI seasons, and is in the Hall.

    Q: The same guy hit behind the two most prolific home run hitters in history. Name him.

    A: Davey Johnson. He hit behind all time #2, Hank Aaron (755 lifetime), when he played for the Atlanta Braves. He hit behind #1, Sadaharu Oh (868 lifetime), when he played for the Yomiuri Giants.







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