The Kindergarten Teacher doesn't pull any punches from the get-go, especially Gyllenhaal's character as Lisa Spinelli who instantly is drawn to Jimmy (Parker Sevak) when she hears him recite a poem as he paces back and forth after school. She's not doing too hot in her poetry class, so she decides to read his poems in class, which is welcomed with success.
There's not a lot of subtlety in Spinelli's actions to get closer to Jimmy, so the downward spiral that this all heads just makes you scream at the screen. It takes me aback a little since I'm sure director Sara Colangelo is aware of how Spinelli's decisions, words, and manipulation are quite similar to a sexual predator's. It's icky, disturbing, and sticks with you long after the final words of the film.