The English Teacher has a great cast featuring Julianne Moore, Nathan Lane, Greg Kinnear and others. Here’s the premise: dumpy English teacher Linda Sinclair, played of course by Moore, gets a visit from an old student Jason Sherwood (Michael Angarano), who has returned home after having little success as a playwright in New York. He shares his latest work with her, and she falls in love with it and wants her school to put it on. Artistic differences cause some friction, as does Sinclair and Sherwood’s inability to maintain a proper professional relationship.
Take one look at the reviews, and you can see that this is not Julianne’s finest hour, but the movie has a decent story, and Nathan Lane has a humorous turn as the play’s producer. Kinnear plays Jason’s dad, and his relationship with his son provides a bit of depth and dramatic tension (notice I said “a bit”).
Overall a decent rental—see it if you like the cast and are looking for a movie with enough entertainment value to keep me interested. – [DVD]