The English Teacher (2013)
Starring Julianne Moore, Michael Angarano, Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins, and Nathan Lane
Directed by Craig Zisk
***The film is currently streaming on Netflix***
Unfortunately for Julianne Moore, she's yet to star in a comedy that I've really enjoyed (yes, that includes The Big Lebowski which I think I highly overrated when I watched it several years ago). The English Teacher does nothing to change this thought of mine. Moore herself isn't the problem -- I think she could do decent with comedic roles if she'd only choose comedies that were actually funny. All of the actors here are actually game and try their hardest in their roles, but even their significant acting chops couldn't elicit a single laugh from me. Moore's facing a mid-life crisis, Angarano's trying to figure out his path in life, and Kinnear's attempting to become a better father to Jason, but none of these plot points are funny -- and therein lies the problem.
There's a sweetness that permeates through The English Teacher that is moderately enjoyable, but director Craig Zisk's first feature film is too trite and ultimately too bland to merit your time.
The RyMickey Rating: C-