The English Teacher (2013)
Running Time: 93 minutes
Directed by: Craig Zisk
Starring: Julianne Moore, Michael Angarano, Greg Kinnear, Nathan Lane
The movie opens with Linda Sinclair (Moore), a forty-year old single high school English teacher. She loves to read, and maintains close relationships with her favorite authors and stories. Her life is bland and she likes it that way. However, when Linda’s old student, Jason Sherwood (Angarano) returns to town after failing to make it as a playwright in New York City, things start to change around her. Impressed by Jason’s play, Linda is determined to get the play produced, and reels the school’s drama teacher, Carl (Lane) to help mount the play.
All in all, it was a simple, comedy with a little bit of romance towards the end. It was a little cliché, but not in the bad way. I thought it was rather funny, and fun to watch. Julianne Moore was breathtaking as always, and portrayed quite a frail and naïve character well. I thought Angarano and Moore blended well on-screen, making it easier for audiences to dwell into the storyline. The other noteworthy thing from the film was the costume design, it really brought an impact on the personalities of the different characters.
Overall, it was a simple, fun and enjoyable film. Recommended for the weekends where all you want to do is kick back and relax with a movie.
Rating: 5.5 out of 10