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The English Teacher (2013)

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An English teacher's life is disrupted when a former student returns to her small town after failing as a playwright in New York.

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Carl Kapinas
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Vice Principal Phil Pelaski
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Principal Trudie Slocum
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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 ... Written by Cinedigm

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Refuse to live life by the book.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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1 August 2013 (Greece)  »

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Adorável Professora  »

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Greg Kinnear and Nathan Lane both appeared as guests in Modern Family (2009). Kinnear appeared in one episode and Lane in multiple episodes. See more »

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When he first meets Ms. Sinclair, Jason reminds her that he was in the class of 2007. Later on you can see on his Facebook page that he was born in 1987, which would have made him 20 when he graduated high school. See more »

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Suffering Jukebox
Written by David Berman
Performed by Silver Jews
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Best Literate Comedy Since the Jane Austen Book Club
25 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

I was captivated by this movie and laughed from beginning to end.

I do not get the people who did not like this movie. They say nasty things and say nothing about the movie. Did any of them even watch the movie? They all deserve an "F". Yes, everybody who hates this movie gets an "F" in good taste and an "F" in life. Now, go back to High School and learn what you didn't learn when you first attended.

For the rest of us, especially those of us in the teaching profession, this is a gem. Not since Neil Simon retired have we had such sharply drawn characters and such sweet and gentle self mocking humor. It is both English teaching and High School theater that gets gently ridiculed. Yet, underneath the humor there is a real understanding of the importance of both subjects in our curriculum.

Any humanist, Jane Austin fan, Julianne Moore fan or theater lover will appreciate this movie. Go for it.


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