Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) is a dreamy English teacher who at forty-five years of age hasn't found the ideal man to settle with. She is virtuous and proper, and believes the world to be like it's in literature. A casual encounter with a former high school student turns into a less than ideal partnership when she believes him to be bullied by his father and after consoling him, ends up having a tryst with him.
I expected this movie to unfold along the lines of Notes on a Scandal, but I was utterly surprised when I realized it was a comedy, or rather a dramedy. It is wonderfully acted by all characters, but Julianne Moore is spot on as the prim teacher whose life unravels due to this entanglement. Moore looks more the part of a repressed librarian than an English teacher, and as I said, she is superb in this role.
Moore received early acclaim for her performance and I wouldn't be surprised if she is nominated to this year's Oscars for this role.
Also notable are the performances of Michael Angarano as Jason, Greg Kinnear as Jason's father, Nathan Lane as the school's drama teacher, and Lily Collins as Halle.
In summary, The English Teacher has a smart screenplay and great performances to boast of. This is one of the most entertaining movies I've seen this year.