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

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Italian censorship visa # 108392 delivered on 6 May 2014. See more »

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When Linda and Jason are first in the boys dressing room discussing the play, there is a poster behind Linda which is misspelled - it reads KIGNSTON PLAYERS. See more »

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Whalebones
Written by William Blaise Dufala, Russell Scott Higbee, Ryan Patrick Kattner, Christopher Powell (as Christopher Sean Powell) and Christopher Joshua Shar
Performed by Man Man
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Charming & funny - a real gem
19 July 2013 | by phd_travelSee all my reviews

This is one of those indie movies that is much better than many big budget feature film comedies.

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. No wonder such a top notch cast appears in it.

The performances are stellar. Julianne Moore gives a wonderfully varied and moving performance as a spinster English Teacher in high school who mounts the play of an ex student played by Michael Angarano. She can do comedy just as well as she does drama and biopics.

The supporting cast includes Broadway veterans Jessica Hecht and Norbert Leo Butz as school principals, Nathan Lane as the diva of a drama teacher, the lovely Lily Collins as a high school student and aspiring actress and finally Greg Kinnear as the young playwright's father.

This is one of the best indie comedies in years and deserves much more critical acclaim and financial success than it received. Look forward to seeing more from the screen writing duo who penned the story.


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Country:

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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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