The English Teacher Movie Review

The English Teacher The English Teacher

Starring: Julianne Moore, Michael Angarano, Greg Kinnear, Nathan Lane, Lily Collins


Directed by Craig Zisk

Rated: R

Run Time: 93 mins

Genre: Comedy

Opens May 24th

By Lisa Minzey of The Reel

Hey Phoenix Film Fans!  Opening this week at Harkins Valley Art is the indie comedy “The English Teacher” starring Julianne Moore, Michael Angarano and Greg Kinnear.

Linda Sinclair is a 45 year-old single woman living in the small town of Kingston, Pennsylvania. She enjoys reading, teaching and living the single life as a homebody.  It’s not that she doesn’t date; she does, it just that she sets standard so high that the men she meets don’t quite live up to the standards she requires.

When one of her former students Jason Sherwood (Michael Angarano) shows up unexpectedly after trying to make it on Broadway, she offers to read his play to see if she can offer any assistance. Jason’s play, “The Chrysalis” moves Linda to tears which she is now more determined than ever to help him succeed with his writing.  To help her cause she presents the script to college & drama teacher Carl Kapinas (Nathan Lane). Carl is inspired by this piece and together with Linda; they manipulate and convince the administrators and playwright to get this play produced.  The only snag is will high school drama be kept on the stage or will it spill out into all areas of each person’s life due to Linda’s little white lies?

Although this is set in high school, this film can be considered “Easy A’ for adults as it is quirky, charming and enjoyable to watch.  The added quips from the narrator to get a feel for the inside dialogue of Linda’s character are the perfect antidotes to the story. The chemistry between cast members is fun to watch and overall a fun departure from the summer blockbuster films out today.  Be sure to catch “The English Teacher” while it plays at Harkins Valley Art starting Friday May 24, 2013.