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A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.
Though the "inspirational teacher" theme may feel done to death, Freedom Writers succeeds because it emphasizes the students as much as the teacher. Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby, Boys Don't Cry) comes to a southern California high school bubbling over with naive optimism, but quickly discovers that her unruly classroom isn't easily won over by her good intentions. After a few floundering attempts to connect with her students, Gruwell gives them the assignment of keeping journals about their own lives--an assignment that the class bites into with relish, which eventually bonds them together and pushes racial rivalries aside. This plotline has been made before, sometimes well, sometimes poorly; Freedom Writers, by drawing heavily from the published journals of the students--and thanks to a (mostly) unheroic script, direction that emphasizes individual characters over stereotypes, and rigorous performances from the whole cast--makes the story seem fresh and genuine. Swank does solid work, but the standouts are April L. Hernandez as a girl whose gang wants her to lie and send an innocent boy to jail and Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake) as a teacher who resents Gruwell's offbeat success. Also featuring Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy), Scott Glenn (The Right Stuff), and a plethora of strong young actors. --Bret Fetzer
Great movie! I was able to meet one of the original Freedom Writers. What an inspiration! I love Miss G.Published 4 hours ago by Teddi Black
Great movie to inspire English classes with struggling students who have low confidencePublished 2 days ago by Toby Crone
A Strong themed movie for high school and older. A true Drama with incredible insight and genuine heart. I recommend you preview it before showing it in your class room.Published 7 days ago by Value Shopper
Hilary Swank acted in the lead part & was also the executive producer. This movie is awesome on so many levels. I wish I would have read the book first.Published 7 days ago by Love2Knit
Really inspirational. The best is that it is based on a true story. I recommend it 100%.Published 16 days ago by Rocio
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