Julianne Moore plays a spinsterish Pennsylvania high school instructor in “The English Teacher.” The most pressing question I took away from the film is, Are they really still teaching "A Tale of Two Cities" in honors English classes?
We’re supposed to see Moore’s Linda as a hothouse flower disguised as a wallflower. When an former student, Jason (Michael Angaro), now a struggling New York playwright, returns home, she finds herself as wrapped up in him as in his new play. (Greg Kinnear does a nice supporting job as Jason’s dad.)
She and the school drama coach (a funny-campy Nathan Lane) convince the school’s principal (Jessica Hecht) to stage the play despite its outré trappings. Would that “The English Teacher” were a bit more outré itself. Grade: B (Rated R for language and some sexual content.)