Beautiful and quietly enigmatic, Claire is the newest teacher at Westerbrook High School. Dissatisfied in her marriage to her college sweetheart Matt Mitchell, distant from her brother, Nate Wilson and desperate for connection, she quickly befriends fellow teacher, Kathryn Sanders. Claire’s life changes when Eric, a charming all-American senior in her English class, asks for help preparing for his SAT test. Popular and outgoing, Eric is the captain of the soccer team and nearly inseparable from his best friends, Logan Davis and Josh Smith. Everything seems perfect on the surface, but Eric is forced to juggle the pressures of school, applying for college and a part-time job, all while helping take care of his two younger brothers so his mother, Sandy can support the family. As Claire and Eric begin to spend more time together, boundaries are crossed, and a subtle game of grooming begins. The permanent damage left in the wake of Claire’s choices becomes impossible for them, and their friends and family, to ignore.
Where to Watch: Hulu
Creator: Hannah Fidell
Cast: Kate Mara, Nick Robinson, Ashley Zukerman
Review: A Teacher is not a love story. It really has nothing to do with love. But those who find themselves in these situations in real life don’t know that, something which A Teacher is trying to capture, and ultimately makes it one of the most daring and complex series of 2020. Because, tragically, real life doesn’t come with a content warning. Without two incredibly brave and vulnerable actors at its center, A Teacher would fall apart so fucking fast, but fortunately, Mara and Robinson give Fidell and fellow directors Andrew Neel and Gillian Robespierre everything they need and more to make this relationship work on screen, for all its soft moments and jagged edges.
Verdict: Worth the Popcorn