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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 movie has lots of comedy! --ETonline
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
- Julianne Moore plays the awkward teacher perfectly
- Never boring
- Some funny moments
- Cute ending (altho predictable)
- 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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Terrible plot and story. My least favorite character was Jason, what a total douche. Teacher was so naivePublished 7 months ago by .
I really liked the cast and figured I'd enjoy the movie. Liked nothing about it; didn't finish.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good movie, but had to watch it on Netflix. While streaming, it stopped at the same place each time and would go no farther.Published 8 months ago by John W. Schillner
These actors' talents are wasted on this ridiculous script. The script promote the simpleton, school marm stereotype. Why is Nathan Lane In this movie? Read morePublished 13 months ago by utahsnowbird
The English Teacher had all the early indicators of a breakthrough storyline for the floundering key protagonists who had found fresh inspiration based on a play written by a... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Nicholas R.W. Henning