The high school "Let's Put on a Show!" genre has churned through so many Shakespeares that Steve Coogan was forced to invent "Hamlet 2." No matter. "Hunky Dory" director Marc Evans is happy to recycle "The Tempest" with a twist: classic rock. Picture Caliban singing the Byrds.
Minnie Driver plays the pushover drama teacher who tries, and largely fails, to wrangle her students at a blue-collar Welsh school in 1976. She's so bad at establishing adult boundaries that if this were a Lifetime flick she'd cross a criminal line with swoon-worthy student Davey (Aneurin Barnard) in the play's role of Ferdinand instead of merely mooning over him when she subs in as Miranda and later sneaks a quick kiss. That movie would be more interesting than this golden-hued, feel-good treacle, the sort that the U.K. has tried to export ever since "Billy Elliot."