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Running Time:
1 hour, 49 minutes

Rating: NC-17. No One Under 17 and Under Admitted

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
An exciting, seductive and deeply disturbing psychological film noir. It's one of the best and most riveting of Almodóvar's marvelous dramas.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Audio Commentary with director Pedro Almodovar; Deleted Scenes; Red Carpet footage from the AFI Film Festival; Making of BAD EDUCATION; Photo Gallery; Poster Explorations; Previews.

Bad Education
The plot is about Enrique (Fele Martínez), a 27 year-old writer-director who's in a bit of a slump. He can’t think up a good story idea for his next film, and is getting so desperate that he cuts out newspaper articles and saves them, in the hopes that one of them will give him an idea. He is surprised when his old boarding-school friend Ignacio (Gael Garcia Bernal) arrives on his doorstep. He calls himself “Angel”, and he’s looking for work as an actor, but he just happens to have a script for a film with him, based in part on their childhood experiences. Enrique isn't quite sure he's been told the truth, and gets rid of Angel by agreeing to read the intruder's script and let him know what he thinks. To his surprise, he likes it enough to want to turn it into his next movie. Writer-director Pedro Almodóvar then shifts gears, and plays out the events of the script. Garcia Bernal is this time the coke-snorting drag queen Zahara who has a hilarious sideckick Paca (Javier Camara) with him. They have no money, but they devise a scheme. As a distraction, Zahara will confront Padre Manolo (Daniel Jimenez Cacho), the priest who molested Ignacio as a child at his Catholic boarding school, so that Paca can rob the deserted church. But things don’t go quite as planned, and as the plot flips back and forth between the present, the real past, and the fictional flashback, Enrique begins to realize that Angel is not exactly what (or whom) he claims to be. There's a lot of emphasis on the characters’ homosexuality, but the more we learn about the characters, the more fascinating their stories become. One of the most memorable scenes is when Zahara confronts Padre Manolo, but there are plenty of others that are totally fascinating. Although the plot meanders occasionally, the film has gorgeous music, beautiful cinematography and a wide range of interesting characters. But it's the spectacular triple performance of the rising young Mexican star Gael Garcia Bernal (Motorcycle Diaries), playing all those characters, that you'll find captivating and unforgettable.

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