This mockumentary follows a group of teachers, both new and seasoned, through the ups, downs and hell of a full school year. Attempting an insider tone, the movie has the characters speak straight into the camera and tell the audience what they are thinking – seemingly unedited, and unfortunately, feeling unedited.

Brought to the screen by Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) and directed by Mike Akel, the fictional educational system of Chalk, just like the Los Angeles Unified School District, probably has very good intentions, but on the whole ends up ineffectual and frustrating. No matter how hard the teachers and the administration try, they can’t seem to make or enforce decisions that stick.

Education and school in general seem like topics ripe for humor and satire. The aggravation and rigmarole of dealing with the bureaucracy, seemingly random rules and regulations, as well as the fact that we’ve all been there, is fertile ground with much unexplored territory. However, Chalk simply isn’t very funny.

Like “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and Ricky Gervais’ work in “The Office” (British) and “Extras,” Chalk attempts to hit your funny bone by invoking the cringe factor time and time again. The actors seem committed and believable in their roles, but the writing is just not there.

Credited with the writing are Akel and Chris Mass, who perhaps needed to work harder on the jokes or hire actors with stronger backgrounds in comedy. One of the reasons improv-filled television shows and even Christopher Guest’s films (like Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman) work is the skill and cohesion of the ensemble casts. Here, I’d recommend hiring a new writer.

Grade: C-

Chalk is currently available.