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The English Teacher (2013)

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An English teacher's life is disrupted when a former student returns to her small town after failing as a playwright in New York.

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Craig Zisk

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julianne Moore ... Linda Sinclair
Michael Angarano ... Jason Sherwood
Greg Kinnear ... Dr. Tom Sherwood
Lily Collins ... Halle Anderson
Nathan Lane ... Carl Kapinas
Norbert Leo Butz ... Vice Principal Phil Pelaski
Jessica Hecht ... Principal Trudie Slocum
Charlie Saxton ... Will
Nikki Blonsky ... Sheila Nussbaum
Fiona Shaw ... Narrator
Sophie Lane Curtis ... Fallon Hughes (as Sophie Curtis)
Brynn Casey Brynn Casey ... Young Linda
Katie Meinholt ... Linda - Teens & 20s
Anthony Ippolito ... Blowdried Jock
John Hodgman ... Unmotivated Man
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Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) is a forty-year-old unmarried high school English teacher in the small town of Kingston, Pennsylvania. She shares a small apartment with two Siamese cats and her rich collection of great literature. She maintains no close personal relationships aside from those she has with her favorite authors and stories. Her life is far less complicated than the dramas she devours on the page, and she likes it that way. But Linda's simple life turns an unexpected page when former star pupil Jason Sherwood (Michael Angarano) returns to Kingston after trying to make it as a playwright in New York. Now in his 20s, Jason is on the verge of abandoning art, pressured by his overbearing father, Dr. Tom Sherwood (Greg Kinnear), to face reality and go to law school. Linda can't stand the thought of Jason giving up on his dreams so she decides to mount his play - a dark, angst-ridden, ambitious work - as a Kingston High School production, with flamboyant drama teacher Carl ... Written by Cinedigm

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Refuse to live life by the book. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 2013 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Adorável Professora See more »

Filming Locations:

Tarrytown, New York, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Greg Kinnear and Nathan Lane both appeared as guests in Modern Family (2009). Kinnear appeared in one episode and Lane in multiple episodes. See more »

Goofs

When Linda and Jason are first in the boys dressing room discussing the play, there is a poster behind Linda which is misspelled - it reads KIGNSTON PLAYERS. See more »

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Norgaard
Written by Árni Árnason, Freddie Cowan, Pete Robertson and Justin Haywood Young
Performed by The Vaccines
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Slapstick schlock
23 October 2013 | by tigerfish50See all my reviews

Considering that 'The English Teacher' was clearly intended to be a light comedy, watching it while awake is an excruciating experience. The film's basic concept has some promise - a failed young playwright returns to his home town where he encounters the high school English teacher who had inspired him to write. Unfortunately the idea is treated as broad farce from the moment the disillusioned Jason runs into prim Ms Sinclair at an ATM, and she mistakes him for a mugger. After attacking her former student with a pepper spray, the apologetic teacher decides to recommend Jason's latest work to her school's drama department.

The remainder of the film exudes a sense of desperation, as director and cast put on an over-acting showcase at the level of provincial theater. After several pratfalls, shameful revelations and last minute hitches in search of easy laughs and melodrama, the play opens to a predictable reception. Needless to say, Ms Sinclair's dedication earns her the formulaic romantic reward of a 'unexpected' suitor. As the curtain falls, she sheds her primness for a prosperous, contented future in American rom-com dreamland. It makes Jane Austen's work look like gritty urban drama.


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