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OSCAR® Nominees Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis* lead a stellar cast in this rousing drama inspired by actual events. Frustrated by her dyslexic daughter’s struggles at a failing inner-city school, Jamie Fitzpatrick (Gyllenhaal) tries to enroll her somewhere else. When this fails, Jamie recruits a disillusioned but caring teacher (Davis) to try to fix the broken school. Soon, the women find themselves in a tense battle against apathy, hopelessness, and powerful interests. OSCAR® Winner Holly Hunter and OSCAR ® Nominee Rosie Perez** also star in this inspiring story that shows how profoundly parents can affect their kids’ education.
*Maggie Gyllenhaal: 2009, Supporting Actress, Crazy Heart; Viola Davis: 2011, Actress, The Help; 2008, Supporting Actress, Doubt. **Holly Hunter: 1993, Actress, The Piano. Rosie Perez: 1993 Supporting Actress, Fearless.
This movie is corporate, anti-union, anti teacher propaganda. The fact
that a talented actress' like Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Rosie Perez were
deceived (I hope, and assume)... Read more
The content showed a fair amount of arguments both sides. Judging the movie itself. It has some weak areas, like some poor product placement, slow moving plot, weird overly... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Christoper D. Puksta
What an inspirational movie!!! These 2 lead actresses are top notch. Holly Hunter is just okay in my opinion. A great movie of perseverance. I would say this is for age 10 on up. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Doris L.