Dennis the Menace (Jay North) has just finished High School, is an 18
year old virgin, and has a thing for one of his ex-teachers who is young,
separated from her husband, and living nearby. His best friend shares his
appreciation for her charms, and invites him to spy on her sunbathing
topless on a boat. They boys set up their binoculars at a warehouse where
the friend's deranged Vietnam vet brother hangs out. The dramatic conflict,
such as it is, derives from the fact that the older brother is also
obsessed with the teacher (Angel Tompkins). The two young friends are
peeping and fighting over the binoculars when big brother shows up and
scares them. The best friend falls to his death. Big brother threatens
Dennis the Menace if he says anything to the police.
Then we and Dennis get a break. Angel is horny, and The Menace appeals to
her, so she seduces him. This, as you can imagine, doesn't sit well with the
deranged vet. Dennis's folks are not enthusiastic either. And don't even ask
about Mr. Wilson. The story cannot end well.
The scenes between Angel and Dennis the Menace are almost believable, but
the only real bright spot in this film is the nudity from Angel Tompkins.
The Teacher takes Angel Tompkins, an actress with a long list of TV
credits and a certain cult following, and throws her into a septic tank.
Watching this movie reminds me of the Randy Quaid line from National
Lampoon's Christmas Vacation ... "Shitter's full!!!".
Indeed it is.
Angel plays the title character and Jay North, who had been TV's Dennis
the Menace in his youth, plays the student-object of her affection. Damn,
even if one considers the very different sensibilities of the 70's and
today, that is one tawdry combination. The Caren Kaye movie, My Tutor, does
a much better job, with far less discomfort, in portraying a May-March love
affair. Both movies even have long scenes of voyeurism but in My Tutor it
comes off nicely, whereas in The Teacher it is just plain icky. That someone
dies as a result of peeping in The Teacher certainly adds to the ickiness.
The actress and actor involved in the hooking up have all the heat and
chemistry of a reaction between dry ice and liquid nitrogen. To paraphrase
the greatest living Western philosopher, this movie does the physically
impossible by sucking and blowing at the same time.
If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to
explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by
our definition, a
C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs
and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is an:
But the DVD double bill is a
C-, a good bargain for
niche collectors despite being of absolutely no interest to the
general movie-going public.
- Angel Tompkins gets topless for about four minutes, across several
scenes, packed into five clips. The first two are separate peeping events,
as Angel doffs her top on her boat. Damn good binoculars the guys are
looking through...they permit one to zoom right in on the goodies. Then
there is a strip-to-shower scene, and two romps in the hay with Dennis the