Here’s one of those rare movies that actually looks like it’s for grown ups. “The English Teacher” stars Julianne Moore as Linda Sinclair, a 40-year-old single high school English teacher who leads an uncomplicated life in Kingston, Pennsylvania, with two Siamese cats and bookcases full of great literature. She has no close personal relationships but lives vicariously through the drama in the pages of the books by her favorites authors.
He life takes an unexpected turn when one of her former students, Janson (Michael Angarano) returns to their town after trying to become a playwright in New York. His father (Greg Kinnear) pressures him into abandoning his playwright dreams to go to law school.
Linda can’t stand the idea of Jason giving up on his dreams, so she decides to mount his play, which is perhaps a tad too dark and angst-ridden for a high school production, and it’s about to be directed by the flamboyant drama teacher (Nathan Lane) .
What ensues after Linda’s risky venture, which puts her career on the line, takes her life on unexpected turns. Lily Collins also stars.
“The English Teacher” will be released by Cinedigm on May 17, 2013.