'The English Teacher' could benefit from being a bit more daring
'The English Teacher' follows Julianne Moore as a high school English teacher who becomes fascinated with a former student.
Julianne Moore plays a spinsterish Pennsylvania high school instructor in â€śThe English Teacher.â€ť The most pressing question I took away from the film is, Are they really still teaching "A Tale of Two Cities" in honors English classes?
Weâ€™re supposed to see Mooreâ€™s Linda as a hothouse flower disguised as a wallflower. When an former student, Jason (Michael Angaro), now a struggling New York playwright, returns home, she finds herself as wrapped up in him as in his new play. (Greg Kinnear does a nice supporting job as Jasonâ€™s dad.)
She and the school drama coach (a funny-campy Nathan Lane) convince the schoolâ€™s principal (Jessica Hecht) to stage the play despite its outrĂ© trappings. Would that â€śThe English Teacherâ€ť were a bit more outrĂ© itself. Grade: B (Rated R for language and some sexual content.)