A while ago I made a height chart of the student characters, here is one of the staff at Bickerton Academy. Guess you could refer to them as “Adult” characters but there’s still quite a number of Adult-aged characters that aren’t on this chart.
It came from watching shows like ‘Seinfeld’ and 'Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and even '30 Rock’ and just identifying with a very specific sense of humor that those shows had, but also being like, 'Wow, There are no people of color in these shows that have the same sense of humor,’ and wondering, 'Why is there this segregated humor?’
Vallée’s film is tasteless. He has no gift for framing, timing, movement, or the choreography of actors, and his sense of performance runs toward the obvious, toward the easy scoring of simple and unequivocal emotion. That may be why he’s an Oscar-maker. Witherspoon is a fine actress who, here, never seems to cut loose—either from the overly limiting script or from Vallée’s monotonous direction.
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