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Alecia Willis is a young school teacher who gets too close to one of her students Evan, a mature high school senior falls in love with his English teacher. Evan is very persistent in his attempts to woo her. As vulnerability takes control Alecia pushes the limits on how far is too far and how close is too close? Should passion overrule the law? Or should the law stand in the way of love?
"Be My Teacher" might seem like taboo and by law I suppose it is but underneath that is a story of true love even it is forbidden. Evan does everything he can to convince Alecia that what they have is real but she knows in her heart that neither can afford to get caught since Evan is months away from turning 18-years-old. She pushes him away the best she can until one day when her selfish boyfriend decides he can't help with a garage sale that Alecia is having and Evan offers to help since the boxes and such are too heavy for her to be moving around. It is a perfect opportunity for them to get a little closer and they do just that while doing their best to hide their affection from the public while they wait for Evan to hit the legal age.
This Independent romance makes up for it's low production values by having two leads that do a terrific job at playing out their characters. Derek Lee Nixon and LaTeace Towns-Cuellar are both great together and they show some amazing chemistry as well. The film hits on a subject we have seen in our newspapers so it is a very real thing but Writer/Director, Lakisha R. Lemons takes the subject matter which could of easily touched a few nerves and makes a touching story out of it. I am not going to give away all the details on what happens in they film but I can say that Evan and Alecia have their fair share of happy times as well as having their struggles which is understandable considering the situation the two have put themselves in, you get the sense the relationship can never over-come all the obstacles in their way which includes jealousy from others as well as betrayal but even though Evan is underage you still root for them. The ending is a sad but yet hopeful one and it also contains a small twist as well. If you like the romance/drama genre then I highly recommend picking "Be My Teacher" up when it comes out on DVD on March 15th. I enjoyed the film much more than I expected, mainly because the script is well-written and realistic and the cast did a great job as well. As far as Special Features go the DVD will only have trailers on it but I still recommend picking this up to those that enjoy the genre.
Released by Maverick Entertainment
*** 1/2 Out Of ****