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Nifty Little Yarn,
This review is from: The English Teacher (DVD)
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.