Think you knew your kindergarten teacher? Think again

NYTVF Creative Keynote: A Conversation with THE DEUCE
Sean Jamar

By: Alison Chodak

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. – “The Kindergarten Teacher” is an original Netflix movie starring Maggie Gyllenhaal who plays a kindergarten teacher, Lisa Spinelli, who becomes obsessed with her student, Jimmy. As soon as Lisa Spinelli hears his poetic talent in the beginning of the movie, she takes Jimmy under her wing. She get’s a little too possessive of him however.

What’s odd is the teacher has a family of her own to take care of. Why protect this little boy? It turns out her children aren’t into poetry or the artistic culture. Lisa Spinelli wants more for her children. To fill that gap in her life, she can protect this child from the video games and sports that consume kids these days.

This kid is already an intellectual and Lisa Spinelli doesn’t think his father or Jimmy’s babysitter is helping his poetic talents. Jimmy’s father believes his son should be a “normal kid” who gets good grades and goes to baseball practice. Spinelli doesn’t want this and she believes this kid deserves more. She truly believes Jimmy is a child prodigy.

The ending is the climatic part of the movie because what you expect to happen, happens. Before that though, the tension builds and the audience can see her protect this child at all costs. Even when he doesn’t show up for a day, she freaks out and starts crying. Spinelli states she’s been teaching kindergarten for a long time and hasn’t had a connection with a student like this before.

This movie is a 10/10 and can be found on Netflix. Now stop reading this article and go watch the movie!

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