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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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 2013 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Adorável Professora See more »

Filming Locations:

Tarrytown, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the second time in 2 years Lilly Collins and Greg Kinnear star in the same movie. See more »

Goofs

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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Whalebones
Written by William Blaise Dufala, Russell Scott Higbee, Ryan Patrick Kattner, Christopher Sean Powell and Christopher Joshua Shar
Performed by Man Man
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The English Teacher
28 April 2014 | by tmooney1-987-62067See all my reviews

"The English Teacher" is actually a thought-provoking movie. It's somewhat bittersweet in its depiction of an array of likable, believable characters who encounter - and must deal with - a gap between personal ideal and reality. Take the drama teacher: he tells us that he once had ambitions, while now he's the quirky local school drama coach. Everyone, including the teacher herself, has some unfulfilled ambition bubbling beneath the public surface.

I'll admit to having perhaps a slightly different perspective than many other viewers. I live in the real-life Kingston, Pa. and saw the movie with an audience that "got" all the local references, for better or worse, and probably laughed harder than other audiences would. But I think any audience, anywhere, could enjoy - and even perhaps identify with - the characters who populate this movie. If "action" seems minimal, maybe that's because what's "happening" is the everyday lives that we eventually settle into.


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