A socially awkward home-schooled kid forces his way into public school against his suffocating but loving mother's wishes.
A whimsical coming-of-age film masked as a teenaged romantic comedy, PUBLIC SCHOOLED is the story of 16-year-old Liam, a home-schooled, socially awkward genius whose whole universe revolves around his single mom, Claire. When early acceptance to Cambridge University collides with love at first sight, Liam deliberately bombs his final exams in order to finally go to "normal" school, desperately searching for the teenage experience and social interaction he desires.
This latest film from under the sponsorship of the Canadian Film Centre is the second feature from BC-based director Kyle Rideout (EADWEARD). Featuring remarkable performances from Judy Greer (ARCHER), comedian Russell Peters, and Grace Park (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA), the film explores the growing phenomenon of home schooling in an age of "helicopter parents", while still maintaining a respect for and relatability of the story.