The English Teacher


The English Teacher

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On behalf of Cinedigm and Tribeca Film, we are pleased to share the official theatrical trailer for their upcoming film, THE ENGLISH TEACHER. This uplifting comedy tells the story of Linda Sinclair-a forty-year-old unmarried English teacher whose greatest relationships are with her favorite authors and stories. When a disheartened former student moves back into town after failing to make it as a playwright in New York, Linda decides to step out of her comfort zone and mount his play with the help of the high school drama teacher. (c) Tribeca

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Julianne Moore
as Linda Sinclair
Greg Kinnear
as Dr. Tom Sherwood
Michael Angarano
as Jason Sherwood
Nathan Lane
as Carl Kapinas
Lily Collins
as Hale Anderson
Norbert Leo Butz
as Vice Principal Phil Pelaski
Jessica Hecht
as Principal Trudie Slocum
Nikki Blonsky
as Sheila Nussbaum
Sophie Curtis
as Fallon Hughes
Fiona Shaw
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for The English Teacher

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (17)

  • A potentially incisive character study is buried under layers of fluff in The English Teacher.

    May 31, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Apropos of its title, The English Teacher feels like a movie written as a homework assignment.

    May 30, 2013 | Rating: 2/4
  • The report card for low-key high school comedy The English Teacher would read something like this: Weak effort; this student is too easily distracted, fails to follow through and turns in unfinished work.

    May 30, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Pleasant is the perfect word with which to describe The English Teacher, an ingratiating little comedy that aims to please and succeeds at its modest goal.

    May 29, 2013 | Full Review…

    Leah Rozen

    Top Critic
  • The movie doesn't do enough with its cast or its idea; it's an underachiever that simply doesn't try hard enough.

    May 24, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A screwball comedy that could have been screwier, "The English Teacher" is as interesting for its cast as its content.

    May 24, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The English Teacher

  • Mar 20, 2014
    The offbeat comedy The English Teacher delivers some laughs, but it isn't nearly as clever as it pretends to be. When a high school English teacher attempts to put on a play written by one of her former students she ends up developing romantic felling for him. Starring Julianne Moore, Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins, and Nathan Lane, the cast is quite impressive and delivers some good performances. Additionally there's a quirky sense of humor to the film that gives it a unique tone. But before long it falls into cliches and stereotypes. The English Teacher is a decent bit of entertainment, but it's also formulaic and predictable.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2013
    Refuse to live life by the book. Good Movie! The English Teacher is a great film for many reasons, but one of them is it touches on a subject that is so often ignored and undermined in the world. That subject is exercising a passion for something that doesn't amount to anything. It is one of the greatest personal tragedies in life, and those who experience it are likely to lose confidence in themselves and in the world. No longer does your passion become a gift but a curse once you realize you may not or are not able to do anything with it. The story combines original comedy, a touching partly dramatic climax and a feel good plot that comes together perfectly. The comments on screen are an original touch. This is really a toned down, less classic version of Dead Poet's Society in the way that the teacher tries to help a student realize his potential against the wishes of his father and the school. I am in no way comparing this to Dead Poet's Society but it is worth watching and I did enjoy it. Overall, great acting and funny, very much worth watching. Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) is a forty-year-old unmarried high school English teacher in the small town of Kingston, Pennsylvania. She shares a small apartment with two Siamese cats and her rich collection of great literature. She maintains no close personal relationships aside from those she has with her favorite authors and stories. 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 turns an unexpected page when former star pupil Jason Sherwood (Michael Angarano) returns to Kingston after trying to make it as a playwright in New York. Now in his 20s, Jason is on the verge of abandoning art, pressured by his overbearing father, Dr. Tom Sherwood (Greg Kinnear), to face reality and go to law school. Linda can't stand the thought of Jason giving up on his dreams so she decides to mount his play - a dark, angst-ridden, ambitious work - as a Kingston High School production, with flamboyant drama teacher Carl Kapinas (Nathan Lane) directing. As Linda, now well out of her normal comfort zone, takes further risks in life and love, the stage is set for highly comic downfall. With the play, her reputation, and her teaching career on the line, Linda finds an unlikely ally in herself. Amidst the ruins of her formerly perfect life, can she find a way to her own unique storybook ending?
    Manu G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2013
    Narration throughout this American movie by a lady from England. Dad decides to date the adult woman who slept with his college age son. Same woman (the teacher) gets fired for having sex in her classroom, then is rehired right back (and accepted) as if nothing ever happened....What could possibly go wrong with this movie?...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2013
    While there is a laugh here and there, the entire film slowly becomes implausible and ridiculous by the second.
    Wildaly M Super Reviewer

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