Conclusion: When you're confronted by a cast list which includes Julianne Moore, Greg Kinnear and Nathan Lane, you probably go into a film expecting something breezy and at least amusing, if not flat out hilarious. Somewhere along the line The English Teacher lost whatever comedic spark it might have had.
Conclusion: You expect an independent film to accept its limited commercial prospects and devote its efforts to being smart, different, and poignant. But sometimes, you get something like The English Teacher , that's just not funny, clever, or consistent enough to deserve being seen by a wide audience.
Excerpt: "I know a thing or two about good stories," says Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore), the schoolmarm at the center of The English Teacher , a screwball dramedy that proves largely incapable of making the same claim.
Excerpt: A Jane Austen character in her own mind, Julianne Moore’s eponymous English teacher is going nowhere fast in Kingston, Pennsylvania. She grades potential suitors like she grades papers; in a montage showing her dates with various un-employeds and assholes, the movie scrawls out Moore’s comments on...