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Published on Aug 6, 2010
Weird "Mr. Edmunds" recoups his principal-as-psychologist role he performed so adroitly in Act Your Age (school principals in Coronet films never seem to have secretaries or any work).
This film follows the frustrations of confused teen Howard Patterson, who won't show his report card to his parents because he "should've gotten" an A in social studies. "Sometimes we expect great things," Mr. Edmunds reflects, leaning back in his chair as Howard looks on. "And when we're severely disappointed, we become emotionally upset." Mr. Edmunds counsels Howard against "expecting too much" and tells him to keep his emotions "in balance." "If your emotions are in balance, you channel your emotional energy into a direct attack on your problem!" Howard promises to lower his expectations and be more balanced, and another member of the Silent Generation leaves a Coronet film to paint the world gray.
Look for the scene where a double-exposure dream image is superimposed next to a girl who hasn't yet learned to lower her expectations.