The Kindergarten Teacher is a 2018 American drama film directed by Sara Colangelo.

Official trailers

Thunderbird Releasing on Monday, February 04, 2019 released the trailer:

Story intro

Lisa Spinelli (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a kindergarten teacher from Staten Island, is struggling with feelings of dissatisfaction in her life. She is in a loving yet passionless marriage with her husband Grant (Michael Chernus), and her teenage children, Josh (Sam Jules) and Lainie (Daisy Tahan), are distant with her. Lisa attends a poetry class every week led by Simon (Gael García Bernal), but her poetry is dismissed as derivative. One of Lisa's students, Jimmy, is routinely picked up late from school by a babysitter. One day, Lisa overhears Jimmy reciting a poem he wrote while he is waiting to be picked up. Lisa reads the poem at her poetry class, where her classmates and Simon are struck by it and compliment Lisa on her talent. Lisa decides that Jimmy is a prodigy, and begins to dedicate her time to nurturing his talent. Lisa asks Jimmy's babysitter, a part-time actress named Becca (Rosa Salazar), to write down the poems that Jimmy recites. Becca complies, but Lisa begins to feel that Becca treats Jimmy like a baby and that she is obstructing his ability to grow into his talent. Lisa gives Jimmy her phone number and tells him to call her anytime that he has a poem. Simon invites Lisa to meet him, and tells her about a poetry reading in Manhattan, where she will have to read two of her poems in front of an audience. Lisa and Simon have sex, with Simon's attraction to Lisa being a byproduct of what he believes to be her unique artistic genius. Lisa meets Jimmy's father Nikhil (Ajay Naidu) and tells him about Jimmy's poetry. Although Nikhil is happy about his son's intellect, he wants Jimmy to have a normal, practical life. Lisa encourages Nikhil to fire Becca and offers to watch Jimmy for a few hours after school every day, which Nikhil gratefully accepts. One night, despite Nikhil's request that Jimmy be taken to baseball practice, Lisa takes him to the poetry reading instead, where his poetry is well-received. Simon, however, is upset that Lisa lied about writing the poetry, and tells her to leave the class. Lisa and Jimmy return home late, and Lisa puts Jimmy to bed on her couch. The next day, Nikhil calls Lisa, angry at her for lying about the poetry reading and for not bringing him home afterwards, and informs her he will be taking Jimmy to another kindergarten.


Maggie Gyllenhaal
Lisa Spinelli
Parker Sevak
Jimmy Roy
Michael Chernus
Grant Spinelli
Gael García Bernal
Anna Baryshnikov
Ajay Naidu
Nikhil Roy
Rosa Salazar
Sam Jules
Josh Spinelli
Daisy Tahan
Lainie Spinelli
Samrat Chakrabarti
Sanjay Roy


The film The Kindergarten Teacher was scheduled to be released on January 19, 2018 (Sundance), on October 12, 2018 (United States) and on March 8, 2019 (United Kingdom) by Netflix, Thunderbird Releasing, Filmarti, Splendid Film, Alambique Destilaria de Ideias, Front Row Filmed Entertainment, La Aventura and Officine UBU.

The duration of the film is 97 minutes.

The film had received a "R" rating.


The Kindergarten Teacher got high rating from critics. The audience also likes the film.

External links

Official website:

Wikipedia: The Kindergarten Teacher (2018 film)

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