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Watch: Trailer For Indie Dramedy 'The English Teacher' Starring Julianne Moore & Michael Angarano

by Kevin Jagernauth
April 3, 2013 4:36 PM
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Earlier today there was the trailer for "The Purge," a movie that we didn't know was happening because it was so far off our radar. And then there's "The English Teacher," a movie this writer initially mistook for "Writers" aka "Stuck In Love," due to the omnipresence of Greg Kinnear and Lily Collins. But just like that movie, it's another indie dramedy where good looking people can't seem to sort out their love life. And frankly, we expect much better from you, Julianne Moore.

The feature directorial debut of Craig Zisk (“The Big C,” “Weeds”), its story follows a high school English teacher (Moore) whose life is turned upside-down when a failed playwright and former student (Michael Angarano) returns to town and she begins to fall in love with him. This movie would like us to believe that someone as attractive as Moore would be adorkably single, but that doesn't quite work (realistically, she'd been beating off men with a stick) and all the wacky twists seem pretty strained and tired all around. We really like the people involved, but perhaps this is just a case where it didn't quite work out as planned? You'll soon be able to judge for yourself.

"The English Teacher" opens on demand and digital platforms on April 16th and in theaters May 17th. It will also screen at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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  • cinephile | April 3, 2013 5:57 PMReply

    "And frankly, we expect much better from you, Julianne Moore."

    I totally agree. This doesn't look worthy of Moore's talent (and unfortunately, she's been wasting her talent in some weird comedies several times). I wish she'd be getting more of the Cate Blanchett roles -- frankly, Moore should be on "The Monuments Men" set right now with Clooney.

    But still, this will be a busy year for Moore, with six movies coming out -- this, "What Maisie Knew" (which looks good and got great reviews), "Don Jon" (acclaimed performance), "Carrie", "The Seventh Son", "Non-Stop". Most of them sound / look better than "The English Teacher". But I wish Moore would be in a period piece again, and work with Paul Thomas Anderson or Todd Haynes again.

  • oogle monster | April 3, 2013 8:37 PM

    YES to the PTA and Haynes comment. Her collaborations with Haynes are beyond amazing- Far from Heaven is a showstopper. Haynes really needs to make another movie.

  • Real | April 3, 2013 5:26 PMReply

    Looks cute! I agree with Sparky. Moore probably picked it because it's a comedy and wants to have fun. She must be tired of heavy dramas. It reminds me of Naomi Watts who has stated numerous times that she really wants to do comedies but no-one ever offers her parts in them because she is seen as a "dramatic" actress.

  • jacques demolay | April 3, 2013 5:13 PMReply

    Yeah, it doesn't look dreadful but neither does it inspire excitment. Looks firmly in the "pleasent diversion, mildly forgetable" category.
    Also, when Julianne Moore is 75 she'll still be hot as hell. Love that woman.

  • Sparky | April 3, 2013 4:55 PMReply

    I was thinking the opposite: it looks like fun. Moore can have fun, can't she?

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