Due to a scheduling conflict, I was unable to attend a screening of the new comedy The English Teacher with Julianne Moore and Greg Kinnear. Instead, here’s a brief overview of the film and some selected comments from national reviewers.
What it’s about:
Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) is a high school English teacher. She is passionate about her subject and popular with her students, but lives alone in a simple existence. When her former pupil Jason Sherwood returns after failing to succeed as a playwright, Linda convinces him to produce his play at the school. Jason's overbearing father, Dr. Tom Sherwood (Greg Kinnear),
pressures him to attend law school instead.
“Under Craig Zisk's frisky direction, the entire cast is superb and wrinkle-free. The screenplay, by husband-wife team Dan and Stacy Chariton, is thin as a poker chip but as clever as it is
contrived.” Rex Reed:
“This is a brisk comedy, with some formulaic moments made better by a top-notch cast.” Claudia Puig: USA Today
“Julianne Moore excels in this amusing comedy about a flawed heroine who loses all sense of perspective but deserves a happy ending anyway. “ Betty Jo Tucker: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
“A student gets an English teacher out of her shell in a story told with solid comic timing.” Harvey S. Karten: Compuserve
David Appleford is a member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society and the American Theatre Critics Association
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