Classroom comedy ‘Guru-guru Gokil’ set to be Indonesia’s 2nd Netflix original movie

Indonesian comedy film ‘Guru-guru Gokil (Crazy Teachers)’ may not get a cinematic release as originally planned due to COVID-19, but it will instead be streamed internationally on Netflix. Screenshot from Youtube/BASE Indonesia
Indonesian comedy film ‘Guru-guru Gokil (Crazy Teachers)’ may not get a cinematic release as originally planned due to COVID-19, but it will instead be streamed internationally on Netflix. Screenshot from Youtube/BASE Indonesia

Indonesian comedy film Guru-guru Gokil (Crazy Teachers) may not get a cinematic release as originally planned due to COVID-19, but it will instead be streamed internationally on Netflix. Directed by Sammaria Sari Simanjuntak, the classroom comedy is set to become Indonesia’s second Netflix original movie after Timo Tjahjanto’s The Night Comes for Us in 2018.

Guru-Guru Gokil tells the story of a new substitute teacher named Taat Pribadi (Gading Marten), who never actually planned to teach but had to take the job at a high school due to financial constraints. The movie is described as one about friendship and love, with the protagonist set on a journey to make peace with his past. 

The film features a number of Indonesian stars and up-and-coming actors such as Dian Sastrowardoyo, Faradina Mufti, Kevin Ardilova, and Boris Bokir. Guru-Guru Gokil also marks Dian’s debut as a film producer.

“I’m very proud. It’s an honor for Guru-Guru Gokil to become a Netflix original movie. I’m also happy to see that a story of Indonesian teachers will touch the hearts of viewers from around the world and our fans in Indonesia,” Dian said in a statement today.

Though the release date has yet to be announced, Guru-Guru Gokil will be available to watch in 190 countries with subtitles in 17 languages, including English, Thai, Korean, and French.

The film is written by Rahabi Mandra and produced by BASE Entertainment, the company behind Joko Anwar’s 2019 horror flick Perempuan Tanah Jahanam (Women of The Damned Land/Impetigore) and GoPlay original series Tunnel, adapted from the South Korean series of the same title.

If you want to get a sense of what Guru-Guru Gokil is about, you can watch the teaser trailer below or listen to the audio series (in Indonesian).

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