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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.






Cast overview, first billed only:
Carl Kapinas
Vice Principal Phil Pelaski
Principal Trudie Slocum
Sheila Nussbaum
Fallon Hughes (as Sophie Curtis)
Brynn Casey ...
Young Linda
Linda - Teens & 20s
Blowdried Jock
Unmotivated Man


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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Linda Sinclair lived by the book, but one moment will change everything. See more »


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)  »

Also Known As:

Adorável Professora  »

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2.35 : 1
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Lily Collins (Halle Anderson) previously costarred with other actors from this movie: Nathan Lane (Carl Kapinas) in Mirror Mirror (2012) and Greg Kinnear (Dr. Tom Sherwood) in Stuck In Love (2012), in which both films came out the same year. See more »


The cars have Pennsylvania license plates on the front. Pennsylvania does not use front plates. See more »


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I liked it
27 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

I think it was nicely done. I am very anti cuss words but, The occasional cuss word in this film were perfectly placed and funny. I have a soft spot for Nathan Lane and his inclusion was the main reason I put aside an hour or so to watch this movie. He was brilliant as a play director. I think the casting department did a fabulous job with everyone. I had the distinct feeling the cast were good friends off camera. The story was unique despite a couple of cliché moments and I didn't notice any lighting of camera errors, no mikes hanging in view, editing smoothly done. I am having trouble finding fault, so let's say it was over too soon. Oh, I hoped for the ending, and I got it.

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