August 20, 1999

Teaching Mrs. Tingle is a 1999 American black comedy film. The directing debut of the film's screenwriter Kevin Williamson, it follows a trio of high school seniors who must prove their innocence to their vindictive history teacher, who accuses them of cheating on their exams. Williamson originally shelved the script, before the success of his later projects, including Dawson's Creek, Scream (1996), and its first sequel. Following this, the script was eventually picked up.

The film stars Helen Mirren, Katie Holmes, Marisa Coughlan, Barry Watson, and Jeffrey Tambor, and was released on August 20, 1999. It was originally titled Killing Mrs. Tingle, but was delayed and retitled due to the uproar over teen violence in films after the Columbine High School massacre. The film received mostly poor reviews from critics and was a box-office bomb. It has since gained a small cult following. It remains Williamson’s only directional effort on film to November 2018.

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