Julianne Moore plays, Linda, a high school English teacher who helps her former student perform his play, in THE ENGLISH TEACHER. THE ENGLISH TEACHER has a straightforward storyline and does have some funny elements, but overall it’s crude and has a mixed worldview.
Linda Sinclair is a high school English teacher in her middle 40s. Her highest passion and focus in life is to inspire her students to read and write. This has become such a focus that she’s never gotten married. Thinking that life should be as good as novels, Linda hasn’t found her “Prince Charming” yet.
One of Linda’s old students, Jason, comes back to town after living in New York and writing plays. Pressured by his overbearing father, Jason is about to give up writing for going to law school. When he lets Linda read his latest play, however, she believes it’s completely brilliant and should be performed by the theater students. However, she must convince the principal and flamboyant theater teacher, Carl, first. Carl falls in love with the play as well and thinks it would be so much more exciting then the stale plays they always perform.
Once they get the approval from the principal, Carl, Linda and Jason start the production. When Linda and Jason sleep together, however, everything gets out of hand and chaos ensues. Will they be able to perform the play?
THE ENGLISH TEACHER has a straightforward storyline. The acting is good, but overall the movie is pretty forgettable. Most of the comedy is crude, although the general theme is to sacrifice when you love something or someone. Thus, Linda sacrifices in order to get the play done. That said, a large part of the movie’s plot is Linda sleeping with Jason. THE ENGLISH TEACHER also has plenty of strong foul language, so extreme caution is advised.
(PaPa, BB, C, Ro, Pa, LLL, SS, V, MM) Strong mixed or pagan worldview with some moral, redemptive elements of sacrifice, love, forgiveness, but marred by Romantic, pagan content, including some talk that art comes out of pain (what about joy?); 39 obscenities (about 16 “f” words) and 11 profanities; woman sprays pepper in man’s eyes twice and mentions of suicide; depicted fornication, kissing, sex outside of marriage, man scratches himself; no nudity; no drinking; no smoking or drug use; and, lying, dysfunctional family.
THE ENGLISH TEACHER stars Julianne Moore as Linda Sinclair, a high school English teacher who helps her former student mount his play. Linda is in her mid 40s. Her highest passion and focus in life is to inspire her students to read and write. One of Linda’s older former students, Jason, comes back after living in New York writing plays. Pressured by his overbearing father, Jason is about to give up writing for going to law school. When Linda reads his latest play, she believes it’s completely brilliant and should be performed by the school’s theater students. Together with the flamboyant drama teacher, Linda and Jason produce the play. Complications ensue when Linda sleeps with Jason.
THE ENGLISH TEACHER has a straightforward storyline. It also has some funny moments and decent acting. However, the movie is forgettable. Also, although it extols sacrifice, love and forgiveness, most of the comedy is crude. THE ENGLISH TEACHER also contains plenty of strong foul language. Finally, a large part of the plot involves Linda sleeping with Jason. So, extreme caution is advised for THE ENGLISH TEACHER.