The English Teacher
Linda Sinclair is a middle-aged, single English teacher at Kingston High School, Pennsylvania. Destined to be an English teacher from a young age, she seems also destined to be alone – ‘the true romantic is always alone’.
Linda bumps into Jason, an old student, who has graduated from NYU and returned home as a struggling writer. She wants to help and support him. She convinces Jason that the school drama teacher, Carl, should do a production of his stage play.
As the school play progresses, so does the relationship with Jason, and eventually with Jason’s father. All of a sudden everything becomes complicated and messy. Linda’s simple life becomes complicated and messy and she is the only one who can fix it.
I very much enjoyed this film, despite the mediocre, and often bad reviews it received. I disagree that the use of a narrator during parts of the film is meaningless – I think it’s charming. I also disagree with a lot of reviews that criticise the acting. I think Moore is particularly good. In fact, I think she is brilliant and very natural.
…AND I disagree that it isn’t funny. I think it has a lot of light humour, sometimes disguised humour, and did find myself chortling in a few spots. The acting from Nathan Lane (drama teacher Carl) was gorgeous!
Julianne Moore isn’t often in rom coms (see Crazy, Stupid Love) but I think she’s perfect for the part, enjoyed seeing her with little or no makeup, and enjoyed her age!
I highly recommend this as one of the better rom coms of 2013.
Posted on 19/12/2013, in the whole rom com list, top rom coms and tagged Greg Kinnear, Julianne Moore, Lily Collins, Michael Angarano, Nathan Lane. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on The English Teacher.