Fernanda Cardoso’s “Bloomington” falls into that category of movies where sex with teacher is meant to be more fantasy-fulfilling than creepy, a slant increasingly out of step with the times. But this drama about a student in love with her female professor — while trying to live down recent fame as a teen tube star — is polished and entertaining, if not always credible. Niche sales prospects look solid.
From age 12 to 18, Jackie Kirk (Sarah Stouffer) worked on cult sci-fi series “Neptune 26.” Now she just wants a normal college life, though that’s difficult when classmates who grew up watching the show feel they already know her and prove invasively curious. The psychology faculty’s gossip magnet is Catherine Stark (Allison McAtee), a glamorous and intimidating figure said to frequently seduce pupils. As indeed she does, improbably kissing Jackie at a departmental mixer and initiating sex in the library. Soon they’re having a full-blown affair, but some students’ resentment toward Jackie, plus fresh media attention once a “Neptune” movie is announced, result in public scandal. McAtee’s character sometimes seems too over-the-top, but perfs and packaging are fine.