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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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Craig Zisk

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julianne Moore ... Linda Sinclair
Michael Angarano ... Jason Sherwood
Greg Kinnear ... Dr. Tom Sherwood
Lily Collins ... Halle Anderson
Nathan Lane ... Carl Kapinas
Norbert Leo Butz ... Vice Principal Phil Pelaski
Jessica Hecht ... Principal Trudie Slocum
Charlie Saxton ... Will
Nikki Blonsky ... Sheila Nussbaum
Fiona Shaw ... Narrator
Sophie Lane Curtis ... Fallon Hughes (as Sophie Curtis)
Brynn Casey Brynn Casey ... Young Linda
Katie Meinholt ... Linda - Teens & 20s
Anthony Ippolito ... Blowdried Jock
John Hodgman ... Unmotivated Man
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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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Life doesn't always follow the script. See more »

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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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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 »

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

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Putting It Together
Written by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Nathan Lane
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Pleasant comedy with good interpreters
23 February 2018 | by dierregiSee all my reviews

This is a predictably sweet comedy, with a mildly nasty turn. Moore is great as usual, as spinster teacher Linda Sinclair. She lives in her world and finds reality distasteful.

Linda goes on blind dates, but the men are not up to her standards. Until one day former student Jason comes back in town from New York. Jason is a gifted writer, but he's planning to give up writing to become a lawyer.

Jason's father is blamed for his change of heart and surely Linda does blame him. Things take a different turn when Linda insists to have Jason's first play performed in her school.

Complications ensue, but a happy ending is on sight. If anything, this should "teach" anybody never to believe somebody's version of facts, until you get further proof.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 2013 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

The English Teacher See more »

Filming Locations:

Tarrytown, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,001, 19 May 2013

Gross USA:

$104,810

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$320,013
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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