Jean Smart
A failing grade for 'Miss Meadows'
A failing grade for 'Miss Meadows'

In "Miss Meadows," Katie Holmes wears vintage flower print dresses, drives a 1956 Metropolitan Nash, dotes on the grade-schoolers she substitute teaches, corrects grammar and, when given the opportunity, kills offenders she considers blots on society. It's a lot to ask of any actress to walk that line between schoolmarm parody and gun-toting badass, because Miss Meadows is the kind of character who exists only in movies untroubled by imagination. The real problem, however, is that her creator, Karen Leigh Hopkins, making her feature directing debut, is never entirely clear who or what Miss Meadows is from scene to scene: Funny? (She's not.) Scary? (Not that, either.)...