Hugh Jackman Reminds Us How Funny He Is In First Trailer For HBO's Bad Education

Bad Education Hugh Jackman and Alison Janney stand smiling in their office

Hugh Jackman is one hell of a talented actor, with a range so great it's likely he could do pretty much anything. In the past, he’s taken ample time to remind the world he can sing and dance as well as sprint and slash enemies in half with adamantium claws. Now, his latest HBO film Bad Education is about to remind you of another one of his most effective skills: The man is going to make you laugh again.

Take a look at the first trailer for Bad Education below:

The humor on display in Bad Education helps to tell its very real story of a huge crime that was visited upon the Roslyn school district of New York. Overseen by Jackman’s character, superintendent Dr. Frank Tassone, some financial irregularities pop up in the school district’s budget. $250,000 worth, to be specific. Which is exactly when Dr. Tassone, and his fellow employees, start to panic.

Such real crimes are perfect fodder for a dramedy like Bad Education, and with Hugh Jackman’s deadpan performance on either line of his public and private persona, it’s clearly going to be an exciting ride for those who don’t know the story behind director Cory Finley’s film. Though even if you do know the wild twists and turns this story takes, it looks like this recounting of those fateful events should still play rather well, as shown in the trailer released by HBO earlier today.

Keeping the action fresh is the fact that Hugh Jackman’s Bad Education cast mates are as funny as he is, with Academy Award-winner Allison Janney and Emmy Award-winner Ray Romano both adding to Jackman's moments with their own brands of humor. From the opening scene, where Janney and Jackman banter over a tempting sandwich in the time of a diet crunch, there’s a sense that instead of acting as a straightforward drama of financial malfeasance, Bad Education is going to be a bit more irreverent than some may have expected.

The debut of Bad Education couldn’t come at a better time. After landing a hefty acquisition by HBO Films at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, no one had known when the film would debut. But now, with a late April air date secured and announced in this trailer, and audiences quarantining at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, it feels like the perfect time to debut a new Hugh Jackman movie.

With his star power as bright as ever, Jackman’s shine could draw even more viewers to the platform that also brought us Westworld and Game of Thrones. And all it took was a generous checkbook on both sides of the screen.

Bad Education premieres on HBO, Saturday, April 25th at 8pm ET, so we don't have too long to wait to catch the programming. In the meantime, see what else is coming this spring with our full TV schedule.

Mike Reyes
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