Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) is a 40-year-old unmarried high school English teacher in the small town of Kingston, PA. Her simple life turns an unexpected page when former student Jason Sherwood (Michael Angarano) returns home after trying to make it as a playwright in New York. On the verge of abandoning art and pressured by his father (Greg Kinnear), to face reality and go to law school, Linda decides to mount his play—a dark, angst-ridden, ambitious work—as a Kingston High production, with flamboyant drama teacher Carl Kapinas (Nathan Lane) directing. Now well out of her comfort zone, Linda takes further risks in life and love, the stage is set for a highly comic downfall. With the play, her reputation, and teaching career on the line, Linda finds an unlikely ally in herself. Amidst the ruins of her formerly perfect life, can she find a way to her own unique storybook ending?
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Perversely determined to make you laugh. You're more likely to squirm, though ...Stephen Holden, New York Times, 05.23.2013
This is a brisk comedy, with some formulaic moments made better by a top-notch cast ...Claudia Puig, USA Today, 05.16.2013
Benefits from a brisk pace, witty banter and engaging performances, yet still fades from memory faster than a final exam on the first day of summer vacation.Scott Foundas, Variety, 05.13.2013
"The English Teacher" is a tragedy masquerading as a comedy and doing a disservice to both.Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, 05.16.2013