DVD Review: THE ENGLISH TEACHER Gets A Failing Grade - Movies In Focus
Sometimes movies have all the right ingredients to be great, but the final product is somewhat lacking. The English Teacher is one such film. A great cast (Julianne Moore, Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins, Michael Angarano and Nathan Lane) and a concept with potential fails to work. The cast can’t be blamed for not trying, but they’re let down by a film that feels so light and breezy that it hardly exists at all – and that’s a shame. Julianne Moore is Linda Sinclair, the film’s titular teacher, a literature lover who finds all the romance she needs in the pages of her favourite books. She leaves a quiet and lonely life until she meets Angarano’s Jason, a former pupil and failed playwright. Linda decides to make Jason’s play the latest school performance, aided by Nathan Lane’s kooky and camp drama teacher. Jason’s father (Kinnear) is against said performance, believing his son should find a proper career and things are further complicated when Linda and Jason take their relationship off the page and into the bedroom. Hilarity is supposed to ensue – but it doesn’t. The failure of The English Teacher falls squarely on the shoulders of director Craig Zisk and [...]