Sunday, November 10, 2013

Now on Netflix Instant: The English Teacher (2013)

The English Teacher (2013) - Directed by Craig Zisk; Written by Dan Chariton and Stacy Chariton; Starring Julianne Moore, Michael Angarano, Greg Kinnear, Nathan Lane.

By Kenny Howell

A harmless, if a little bit forgettable indie comedy drama starring Julianne Moore (Maggie's Plan) as high school english teacher who is reunited with a former student, which throws her world upside down.

Jason has returned to his hometown after not breaking into the theater world as a playwright. His former teacher, Linda, gets a hold of one of his plays and decides to push for it to be the school's play. However, a spur of the moment fling sets off a chain of events that sends things into a tailspin.

It's another one of those movies that seems like it is almost there. I can see where they were going with this, it just never quite comes together. Moore's character is a little uneven, and the movie's funny moments never get above a sly smile. Polish out those rough edges, and this could have been a solid piece of work.

The English Teacher is currently streaming on Netflix Instant.

Rating: **

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