I often note how difficult it is to create a comedy that's not only smart and funny but also charming and surprising. But first-time director Craig Zisk, a TV veteran, has done that with The English Teacher.
Even with the ongoing physical self-abuse, selective punishment and viewer sympathy, The Brass Teapot eventually evolves into a heartwarming narrative that explores universal truths about choices made that can turn disastrous.
With Soderbergh's Ocean's 11 heist series over, the director is clearly looking for another genre franchise to do for fun between his more challenging and experimental pieces. Haywire fits that description.
Ever since the 1951 book The Catcher In the Rye, stories about angsty, alienated, financially secure (mostly male) teenagers in existential crisis over "what it all means" have become a staple of movies, TV and literature.