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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.
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 22 days 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 2 months ago by Doris L.