The English Teacher

The English Teacher movie poster

Buy Tickets Watch Trailer

3.50 / 5 stars (6 users)

2013 | R | Comedy | 1 hr, 33 mins

Follows Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore), a forty-year-old unmarried English teacher whose greatest relationships are with her favorite authors and stories. When a disheartened former student moves back into town after failing to make it as a playwright in New York, Linda decides to step out of her comfort zone and mount his play with the help of the high school drama teacher. more

In Movie Theaters U.S.

Friday, May 17, 2013 Limited Release


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Released; Now Available Buy or Rent Now

On Demand (VOD) Cable, Amazon Instant, Google Play, iTunes

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Released; Watch Now! Buy | Rent Now


Charlie Saxton
Will Traynor
Julianne Moore
Linda Sinclai
Nathan Lane
Carl Kapinas
Greg Kinnear
Dr. Tom Sherwood
Michael Angarano
Jason Sherwood
Lily Collins
Hallie Anderson
more cast & crew
Continues Below Ad



Dan Chariton
Stacy Chariton


Rating MPAA

R for language and some sexual content

Storylines 3 more

Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) is a forty-year-old unmarried high school English teacher in the small town of Kingston, Pennsylvania. She shares a small apartment with two Siamese cats and her rich collection of great literature. She maintains no close personal relationships aside from those she has with her favorite authors and stories. Her life is far less complicated than the dramas she devours on the page, and she likes it that way.

But Linda’s simple life turns an unexpected page when former star pupil Jason Sherwood (Michael Angarano) returns to Kingston after trying to make it as a playwright in New York. Now in his 20s, Jason is on the verge of abandoning art, pressured by his overbearing father, Dr. Tom Sherwood (Greg Kinnear), to face reality and go to law school. Linda can’t stand the thought of Jason giving up on his dreams so she decides to mount his play – a dark, angst-ridden, ambitious work – as a Kingston High School production, with flamboyant drama teacher Carl Kapinas (Nathan Lane) directing.

As Linda, now well out of her normal comfort zone, takes further risks in life and love, the stage is set for highly comic downfall. With the play, her reputation, and her teaching career on the line, Linda finds an unlikely ally in herself. Amidst the ruins of her formerly perfect life, can she find a way to her own unique storybook ending?
official plot version from

Production Notes

  • The film will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 26th.

Questions & Answers Have a question about this movie? Ask it!

Related Links

Submit additional information and/or report errors. Send Us Feedback