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The English Teacher (2013)

Julianne Moore , Michael Angarano , Craig Lisk  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Julianne Moore, Michael Angarano, Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins, Fiona Shaw
  • Directors: Craig Lisk
  • Writers: Dan Chariton, Stacy Chariton
  • Producers: Naomi Despres, Robert Salerno, Ben LeClair, Matthew Chausse
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Cinedigm
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2013
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BY8DI92
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,340 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Linda (Julianne Moore, Game Change, The Kids Are All Right) is a forty-year-old unmarried high school English teacher in the small town. She shares a small apartment with two cats and her rich collection of great literature. She maintains no close personal relationships aside from those she has with her favorite authors. 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 changes when former star pupil Jason (Michael Angarano, Haywire, Red State) returns to town after failing as a playwright in New York. Pressured by his overbearing father (Greg Kinnear, Little Miss Sunshine, Stuck in Love), Jason may be forced to give up his dreams and go to law school. Unwilling to let that happen, Linda mounts his play at her school with flamboyant drama teacher Carl (Nathan Lane, The Producers, The Birdcage) directing, and puts her own reputation and teaching career on the line.

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This is Grade-A Comedy! --TV Guide

This movie has lots of comedy! --ETonline

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
For its A-list cast alone, I'm surprised that "The English Teacher" didn't get a wider distribution or more notoriety. In my world, any time Julianne Moore headlines an indie film, it's time to take notice! Here, Moore is joined by Greg Kinnear, Nathan Lane, Michael Angarano, and Lily Collins for a slight, but not unappealing, comedy about (you guessed it) an idealistic teacher. In looking at some of the other notices, I must admit I'm absolutely shocked by the moral outrage that this film seems to have engendered in certain viewers. The film is so lightweight, I'm just mystified that people have taken it so seriously. Let's just put it this way: if you find the content of "The English Teacher" horrifying, then you must not watch TV, movies, the news, or have any knowledge of the real world. The situations and plot lines in the film's screenplay are so far removed from reality, in fact, that I wonder what all the fuss is about. Are teachers in movies supposed to be saints? Anything else is unacceptable? I don't subscribe to this philosophy, obviously, and have no issues with the primary plot points from a moral standpoint.

Moore plays a steadfast English teacher. Living in complete routine, she has all but given up on love. When she encounters a former student (Angarano), her passion is channeled in a more artistic way. He has failed to break into the theater world in New York, but she embraces his original play and attempts to have it produced at the local high school. As she and director Lane battle school bureaucracy, the film devotes itself to the production. Although this milieu is ripe for satire (Waiting for Guffman style), the movie never really swings for big laughs. It's mildly amusing at best.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Different Role for Ms. Moore April 24, 2013
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Wanted to like this movie more as I was looking for a strong comedy to lighten up a boring Saturday. Nathan Lane did not disappoint, and Julienne Moore was great as always. Just wasn't over the top funny.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There are some flaws...but I still liked it! May 1, 2013
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I give this movie 3.5 stars.

The good:
- Julianne Moore plays the awkward teacher perfectly
- Never boring
- Some funny moments
- Cute ending (altho predictable)

The bad:
- NONE of the characters are likeable
- A major lack of character development

Even with the flaws, I cannot help but like this movie. Would I recommend it? Yes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat redeeming February 19, 2014
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Just a so so movie but had a better ending than I thought was coming. The main characters were strongly played.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The English Teacher January 31, 2014
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Sorry to say, I didn't like it. It was a little strange. I found it to be a little disturbing. Some of my favorite actors were in this. However, I just couldn't "like it."
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3.0 out of 5 stars cute January 16, 2014
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Story line seemed predictable. Follow your passion was the underlying theme. I enjoyed it but it doesn't deserve 5 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nifty Little Yarn November 8, 2013
Though certainly not a unique approach to films there is a certain uniqueness about this fun tale.

Linda Sinclaire (Julianne Moore) is a single, 45 year old English teacher in a small Pennsylvania town who is past a time she feels qualifies her for marriage. She runs into a former student, Jason Sherwood (Michael Angarano) who is a failed play write back from New York. She reads his play. Loves it and wants to produce it with the high school drama club. After some himming and hawing he agrees and the resulting trip prove problematic for all involved.

This is no great shakes. It's just a good time. The directing is meat and potatoes, but the story holds a few surprises. Certain things I thought would happen in the third act show up in the second so it had me guessing as to how this mess was going to work itself out. And you have a cadre of good actors holding things together. Julianne Moore might not have been the best choice as Sinclaire because it's simply too difficult to hide her beauty and sexuality. Michael Angarano is a likable kind of guy in all his flicks and he's no less so here. Greg Kinnear, likewise, is very likable. He does a decent job here but he could have used more screen time. Nathan Lane is made for this kind of role and he fits nicely. The writing is decent and I liked the wa the sticky situation worked itself out. It wasn't too pat. The music was light and airy. Befitting to the content.

This isn't five star cuisine. It's more like a trip to Joe's steakhouse. When you're done you're done but the ride was worth the fair. Just sit back and enjoy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Teacher's Tale Of Two Endings! December 8, 2013
How did I miss this movie? I was at the library the other day and I noticed it on the shelf, read the synopsis on the back, and who was in the cast, and I brought it home. Today I watched it and was completely taken in!

The story is about an unmarried high school English teacher who is very passionate about her job so much so that even in her spare time she is surrounded by books and novels of writers and even her social life is wrapped up in the lives of the people in books. Enter a former student, Jason, a recent graduate of NYU who has written a play that no one wants to not only read but perform. Eager to help, Linda(played by Julianne Moore) persuades the administration to put on the play using high school students. The drama teacher, Carl, kind of a flamboyant guy who didn't quite make it as an actor, is only too enthusiastic. Nathan Lane is cast as Carl and excels in the part as he goes about making this production into something that Broadway would envy---it's even more evident as the costs mount up! By the way Linda is footing the bill!

Things start to go haywire when there is some romantic and sexual feelings happening on the set that involve Linda, the leading lady, and Jason. Then to throw the wrench in all of this is Jason's dad, played by Greg Kinnear, a successful doctor who thinks his son should have a more worthwhile career. There is a lot of miscommunication, Linda's reputation is at stake, and a minor accident causes all this to come to a head. Will the play go on in it's original form? Will Linda keep her job? Is Jason's dad the tyrant he is made out to be?

All the roles in this movie were very well played.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Show
A bit slow at first but a good, fairly predictable story line. A couple of scenes are not for smaller kids.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
enjoyed watching
Published 1 month ago by cheryl fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW.
who could ask for anything more than-Julia -
in this movie.
Published 2 months ago by Michelle Needham
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
eh not so good
Published 2 months ago by jerseysouix
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 3 months ago by G
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 3 months ago by GRixse
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't even know where to begin
Oh, where to begin? I watched this movie as research for an article that I'm writing for a newspaper, and this is simply one of the worst movies that I've ever seen- Yes, it's... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Scott Benowitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and charming
Fantastic cast, its smart and funny yet in a subtle way, great story line, unique, we don't get such original stories like this in movies anymore. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Alexandra Tohme
4.0 out of 5 stars "Do you REALLY think you affect their lives by reading them Emerson?!"
Julianne Moore gives a memorable performance as Linda Sinclair, a stodgily cool, attractively nerdy high school English teacher who finds herself in a compromising position with a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Doug Park
4.0 out of 5 stars A good Sunday movie to watch
I really enjoyed this movie. It was in a magazine and it highly recommended it. I finally got to see it and it's fabulous. A must.
Published 7 months ago by Rose Orlandini
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