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The English Teacher

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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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  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Cinedigm
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2013
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BY8DI92
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,569 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: Blu-ray
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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Evans on 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By prairie woman on December 8, 2013
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Saddle Tramp on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doug Erlandson TOP 50 REVIEWER on February 22, 2014
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Not surprisingly, "The English Teacher"is about a high-school English teacher (Julianne Moore), a forty-something unmarried woman who is totally devoted to her work. Due to a chance meeting at an ATM one evening, she encounters a former student who's barely half her age and whom she recognizes only after she sprays pepper spray in his face. This is one of the funnier moments of the movie. However, the movie takes a somewhat more serious tone when the English teacher becomes committed to the play that her former student (an aspiring playwright) has written and spearheads a crusade to use it for the semi-annual high school production.

From this point on the movie takes us through a series of misadventures, in which she and her former student have a brief but decidedly unromantic sexual encounter in her classroom, her ex-student and the lead character in the play become romantically involved, and her brief liaison becomes public knowledge. All this takes place against the background of an attempt on the part of the school administration to change the ending of the play, because as written it is too "dark" for a high-school production.

In the end all of the main characters come across as being flawed people, driven by their particular agendas. As a result, it is hard to identify a character who is truly likable (or for that matter, truly unlikable). Moreover, despite the conflict that arises from these conflicting agendas and all the hurt feelings that result, somehow everything gets neatly and quickly tied up at the end and everyone is living happily ever after.

If you treat it for what it is––a fairly lighthearted movie that isn't quite realistic––"The English Teacher" will provide you with an hour and a half of decent entertainment.
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