This is a remarkable picture that certainly overcomes its awkward, out-of-place English narration. She reads it, cries her eyes out, shows it to the drama teacher Nathan Lane , he highly regards it, they force the school to allow it as this year's school play, and they reluctantly accept - but they demand the tragic suicide ending be changed. Moore, by film's end, has broken out of chrysalis to butterfly. I had the distinct feeling the cast were good friends off camera. The English Teacher is a great film for many reasons, but one of them is it touches on a subject that is so often ignored and undermined in the world. Dirty Teacher is a Drama Thriller movie. That subject is exercising a passion for something that doesn't amount to anything.
No longer does your passion become a gift but a curse once you realize you may not or are not able to do anything with it. Jason clearly loathes this idea, and subtly winces when he says that writing makes him nauseous, but Linda can't see him throwing away his long-pursued hobby for the redundancy of being a lawyer. They say nasty things and say nothing about the movie. Scratching beneath the surface, students of Literature and Drama might find the film mildly thought provoking. The comments on screen are an original touch.
No wonder such a top notch cast appears in it. She's a national treasure and woman-of-a-certain-age Hollywood still calls. She's in her mid-forties, unmarried, and content with her position in the world, going through a textbook routine of eating healthy, watching Television, and trying to enrich her students with the wonders of classic literature. When you really think about it, a job as an English teacher is pretty unforgiving. Until a former student, a failed playwright, with the right poker pun intentional arrives in town with a play no one wants to see.
Moore will keep you after class. The broad interpretation is Ms. Any humanist, Jane Austin fan, Julianne Moore fan or theater lover will appreciate this movie. Michael Angarano, who earlier this year did great work in the quirky, effervescent Brass Teapot, terrifically captures the essence of a struggling writer in search of a voice and heart. I was captivated by this movie and laughed from beginning to end. I am very anti cuss words but, The occasional cuss word in this film were perfectly placed and funny.
It is one of the greatest personal tragedies in life, and those who experience it are likely to lose confidence in themselves and in the world. Teach flips over the play and pushes the Drama Club to mount it as the complications pile up. In the meantime, passions begin to flare between the confidence-deprived writer, the repressed, unfulfilled English teacher, and one of the leads in the play leading to much stress amidst the cast. You can teach formatting, punctuation, and sentence structure the redundancy of subjects, predicates, verbs, nouns, adverbs, adjectives, independent, and dependent clauses had me struggling to stay awake in grade school , but when it comes time to actually write, the weight is all on you on how you approach a subject. Oh, I hoped for the ending, and I got it. The Drama Club is run by a terrific Nathan Lane, a failed Broadway Star, who delivers the funniest lines in his trademark condescending dryness. Yet, underneath the humor there is a real understanding of the importance of both subjects in our curriculum.
I do not get the people who did not like this movie. I can tell someone how to properly use punctuation, but I can not tell them how to structure an essay accordingly. Moore is simply superb here. English and writing, on the other hand, are harder to teach. When she is suddenly given more responsibility when Jason's play commences, we see that she may have not been lying as she handles the pressure with great uncertainty and frustration.
The story combines original comedy, a touching partly dramatic climax and a feel good plot that comes together perfectly. Add a serviceable Greg Kinnear who easily handles his role as the playwright's Doctor Dad. I am having trouble finding fault, so let's say it was over too soon. Much to the consternation of the narrator who unsuccessfully attempts to talk Teach out of a date with Kinnear. The bespectacled, wrapped-too-tight spinster, Julianne Moore, is an archetypal schoolmarm with a fire down below living a life of quiet desperation. Look forward to seeing more from the screen writing duo who penned the story. She's abetted by a proper British narrator, Fiona Shaw, who adds an element of Gothic Romance to this tasty stew.
Teach judges men she dates with stream-of-consciousness displayed as on-screen text. I'm likely one of the few who actually smiles when told we're going to write an essay. The story was unique despite a couple of cliche moments and I didn't notice any lighting of camera errors, no mikes hanging in view, editing smoothly done. Moreover, The English Teacher concerns Linda Sinclair Julianne Moore , a high school English teacher in the small town of Kingston, Pennsylvania. For the rest of us, especially those of us in the teaching profession, this is a gem. Julianne Moore gives a wonderfully varied and moving performance as a spinster English Teacher in high school who mounts the play of an ex student played by Michael Angarano. Now, go back to High School and learn what you didn't learn when you first attended.
The English Teacher is a terrific film, with beautiful touches of intelligence, craft, soul, and careful storytelling. I say an English teacher is an unforgiving job because I feel that more than half of a typical student body feel that writing is a chore. Formatting you can teach, but creativity you can not. Kudos also to Jessica Hecht and Norbert Leo Butz as Principal and Vice who take exception to the play's dark ending and demand a rewrite. She can do comedy just as well as she does drama and biopics. The supporting cast includes Broadway veterans Jessica Hecht and Norbert Leo Butz as school principals, Nathan Lane as the diva of a drama teacher, the lovely Lily Collins as a high school student and aspiring actress and finally Greg Kinnear as the young playwright's father.
And when an English teacher assigns kids a book to read, they almost have to duck and cover. Dirty Teacher Movie release in. The relationship between a teacher and former student is touchingly portrayed, and the characters seen throughout the film are the kind you regard as friends and colleagues. Did any of them even watch the movie? I have a soft spot for Nathan Lane and his inclusion was the main reason I put aside an hour or so to watch this movie. And while somewhat shortchanged, Greg Kinnear is never a problem to see turn up in any film. Even if this turns into nothing else than an outlet for self-satisfaction and personal fulfillment, I have greatly enjoyed the ride. This is one of the best indie comedies in years and deserves much more critical acclaim and financial success than it received.